PAL, PAL Express airlift relief goods to Mindanao
Philippine Airlines (PAL) and PAL Express are airlifting for free high value relief goods – on space available basis – for victims of typhoon Pablo in Mindanao.
The initial shipment of donations already flown to Davao consisted of water purification tablets (Aquatabs) from Catholic Relief Services, antibiotics and cough-cold-fever medicines from Gabriela partylist and Rotary Mactan, and tents and rechargeable solar emergency lights from Team Energy. The next batch awaiting airlift include hygiene kits from the United Nations World Food Program as well as assorted personal care products from Unilever.
The PAL Foundation is again making available the PAL Humanitarian Cargo Grant, this time in cooperation with PAL Express, to reputable nonprofit, socio-civic or religious organizations/ foundations who want to ship donations for Pablo victims to their counterparts in Mindanao.
The recent collaboration in domestic services of the two sister airlines will allow donors outside of Manila, such as Cebu and other major cities where PAL or PAL Express flies, to send their donations for Mindanao.
PAL Foundation Executive Director Menchu Sarmiento stressed that the free airlift will be restricted to high value goods, such as -
- new underwear for children and adults
- water purification tablets
- broad spectrum antibiotics, anti-pyretics, analgesics, cough & cold medicines for adults & children
- hygiene products for women and babies (sanitary napkins & diapers)
- scabicides and pediculosides (for lice and scabies)
- mosquito nets and insect repellants (against dengue fever)
- anti-pruritic, anti-infammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial dermatological creams and ointments
- maintenance medicines for common chronic health problems of the elderly like diabetes, hypertension, arthritis
- multi-vitamins for adults and children
- battery-operated or wind-up flashlights and transistor radio (include fresh batteries)
- rechargeable emergency lights
- high protein canned food like corned beef and luncheon meat
The PAL Foundation advises not to send noodles, sardines, rice and other items already being distributed by local government units or those which are available near the calamity stricken areas.
PAL and PAL Express reserve the right to accept or refuse the cargo donations.
Interested organizations may contact the PAL Foundation through Menchu Sarmiento at telephone 851-2980 or 855-8000 local 2563, providing a list of the relief goods to be sent and contact details of their counterpart in the calamity-stricken areas who will conduct actual relief work.
The PAL Humanitarian Cargo Grant will be offered for the duration of disaster relief and rehabilitation efforts in the affected areas.