Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Erwin T. Tulfo received 1,000 donated modular tents in a simple acceptance ceremony held at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City on Monday, October 24, 2022.
The tents, amounting to Php3 million, were given by the Pitmaster Foundation and Friends, as part of their 2,000 modular tents commitment to help families who will be affected by the calamities and disasters.
“Bahagi po ito ng 2,000 tents na donation po ng Pitmaster Foundation and Friends. Ito po ay grupo ng mga negosyante na nagsama-sama (part of the total 2,000 tents to be donated by the Pitmaster Foundation and Friends, a group of entrepreneurs),” Secretary Tulfo said in the media briefing following the document signing.
The Secretary added that the tents will be distributed to the DSWD Field Offices in preparation for upcoming disasters.
“Kami ay taos pusong nagpapasalamat sa Pitmaster Foundation at hindi lang po ito ang unang donasyon na nabigay sa atin sa DSWD. Nakapagbigay na din sila ng dalawang ambulansya, 150 wheelchairs nuong Hulyo (Our heartfelt thanks to the Pitmaster Foundation, especially as this is not their first donation to DSWD. They previously donated two ambulances and 150 wheelchairs in July),” Secretary Tulfo added.
In response, the Pitmaster Foundation and Friends, represented by Mr. Eric Dela Rosa emphasized the Foundation’s full support to the thrusts of the DSWD.
“In behalf of our chairman, Charlie Atong Ang, at duon po sa mga kabigan namin na sumusuporta sa adhikain ng Pitmaster Foundation, malugod po nating ibinibigay ang mga modular tents na alam nating magagamit sa panahon ng sakuna (…to all our friends who are supportive of the goal of Pitmaster Foundation, we are pleased to turn over the modular tents which we know will be of great help during times of disasters),” Dela Rosa said.
The DSWD recognizes that, while it has sufficient budget for relief operations, donations from various sectors would go a long way in responding to the needs of individuals and families affected by disasters. ###