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Pampanga inmates give up breakfast for 3 days for Yolanda victims


(Updated 2:37 p.m.) Help sometimes comes from the unlikeliest of places.
 
During a press conference on Thursday, Malacañang thanked the 885 inmates from the Pampanga Provincial Jail for voluntarily giving up their meal allowance for three consecutive breakfasts for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
 
The amount the jail management saved from the skipped meals, combined with personal donations from the inmates, totaled to P53,425.
 
"Ito ay patunay na ang hangaring tumulong ay hindi nakabatay sa katayuan sa buhay, kundi sa malasakit at pagmamahal sa kapwa na likas sa ating lahat na mga Pilipino," Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) head Herminio Coloma Jr. said.
 
On the other hand, international relief for Yolanda victims has so far reached P13.09 billion as of posting time based on the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH) website.
 
Of this amount, P7.5 billion is in the form of cash while P5.6 billion came in kind or services.

"Nagpapasalamat po kami sa lahat ng mga Pilipino at sa lahat ng mga taga ibang bansa na nag-a-ambag ng kanilang maitutulong sapagkat kailangang kailangan po iyan sa kasalukuyang panahon," said Coloma.
 
 
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the number of fatalities stood at 4,011, with 18,557 injured and 1,602 still missing. —KG, GMA News