A U.S. combat chopper flies near a U.S. C130 cargo plane Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007 in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines. The cargo plane came from Okinawa in Japan to bring tons of goodwill items donated by U.S. Marines and their families in Okinawa as part of the Operation Goodwill and will be distributed to poor communities in the Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)
ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 20 Jan) – A U.S. C130 transport plane arrived in the southern Philippine port city of Zamboanga, bringing tons of goodwill items from Okinawa, Japan.
A U.S. military spokesman Major John Redfield said the cargoes include clothes, food, health care items and sporting goods were donated by the Okinawa-based U.S. Marines and their families as part of the four-year old “Operation Goodwill Delivery”.
“Operation Goodwill Delivery is an annual mission by U.S. Marines and their families in Okinawa designed to say thank you to the people of the Philippines for welcoming the Marines during bilateral exercises,” Redfield told the Mindanao Examiner.
He said the U.S. Marine Corps, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines teamed up in Zamboanga City to as part of Operation Goodwill Delivery in which goods will be donated to the Pasobolong Elementary School and the Reception and Study Center for Children in Talon-Talon village.
He said the cargoes were the second portion of Operation Goodwill Delivery. Last month, U.S. Marines made several deliveries in the northern Philippines. They brought about 22,000 pounds of toys, clothes, sporting goods, health care items, and donated P400,000 to organizations and communities in northern Luzon, Manila, and Palawan. (Mindanao Examiner)