DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 31, 2011) – Some 1,200 Filipino participated Sunday in a fun run aimed at raising money to help build shelters for victims of a landslide in the southern town of Kapalong, officials told the Mindanao Examiner.
Officials said the event, dubbed as “Run for Shelter,” was organized by the local government and the military, and raised more than P200,000 needed to build shelters for some 376 families.
The local mayor Edgardo Timbol has provided a four-hectare estate in the village of Maniki which will serve as the relocation site for the June victims of the landslide.
Army soldiers also pledged to help build houses for the victims. “We fully support the local government in this humanitarian activity. We plan to provide additional manpower in building of houses so that more families, victims of landslide, can move in to this new community provided by the government,” said First Lieutenant Ronel Rabot, of the 60th Infantry Battalion. (Mindanao Examiner)