Indonesia gives AFP US$1M, relief goods for 'Pablo' victims
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MANILA, Philippines -- The Indonesian government has given US$1 million and four tons of relief goods to help victims of typhoon "Pablo" in Mindanao, coursing the assistance through the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The donation was handed to AFP chief of staff General Jessie Dellosa at the Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City by Admiral Agus Suhartono, chief of the Indonesian National Defense Force.
The donation includes 1,000 military blankets, 3,000 packs of ready-to-eat meals, and boxes of instant noodles.
The financial aid and the relief packs were then turned over by the AFP to Director Liza Mazo of the Office of Civil Defense in Region 11.
“We express our sincerest gratitude to the Indonesian Government for their donation that manifests the strong, vibrant, and deepening relationship between our two countries and our two armed forces. This contribution will surely be a big help to our people who currently need aid and assistance due to the devastation brought by typhoon Pablo,” Dellosa said in a statement.
Admiral Suhartono arrived in Davao Sunday for a three-day visit to the Philippines.
He visited the base camp of International Monitoring Team Site 5 in Davao City before meeting with Eastmincom chief, Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia.
Aside from the donation to the typhoon victims, the Indonesian military also signed the Terms of Reference of the Joint Understanding of Philippines-Indonesia Military Cooperation, which aims to strengthen bilateral military relationships between the two countries.
Last week, Malaysian military chief General Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Zulkifeli Bin Mohd Zin also visited the country, receiving the Philippine Legion of Honor.