The Philippine Basketball Association on Wednesday announced the donation of P1 million to the Philippine Red Cross to help in the relief efforts for victims of tropical storm “Sendong” in the cities of Cagayan De Oro and Iligan.
The PBA Board of Governors ordered the release of the donation exclusively for the relief operations with the authorization from the team owners.
“The entire PBA family – the players and the team owners — is deeply saddened by the tragedy that hit our brothers in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. The PBA will always be responsive to the needs of our less fortunate countrymen,” said PBA Commissioner Chito Salud in a statement.
The PBA has also allotted P100,000 to Gawad Kalinga to help repair the homes in the Gawad Kalinga Community that was affected by the tropical storm.
In a television interview, Salud noted that the ten member companies of the PBA already have their own efforts for helping victims, but still decided to make the donation as part of the PBA to show unity as an association.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) confirmed that, as of Wednesday, the death toll from flash floods triggered by the tropical storm stood at 1,010, while the missing stood at 46.
The number of affected population has also exceeded 500,000 or 65,608 families in Visayas and Mindanao, according to the NDRRMC.