Tuesday, October 2, 2012

IRRI staff help raise aid for flood victims during local festival

IRRI employees led by IRRI Deputy Director General for Communications and Partnerships V. Bruce J. Tolentino joined Los Baños' walk-for-a-cause that had the theme, Mga nasalantang kababayan, ating damayan, on 17 September.

The foundation of the municipality of Los Baños, Laguna, is commemorated every September with a week-long celebration, usually opened by a grand parade, Bañamos, that is participated in by various organizations and civil agencies.

On its 397th anniversary in 2012, a walk-for-a-cause was held instead of the traditional grand parade. Proceeds from the walk will be used to help those affected by the flooding caused by the "Habagat rains" and Typhoon Gener in July. More than 1,000 families are still staying in evacuation centers or tent cities as floodwaters have not receded in some areas.

During the program, IRRI was recognized for its active participation and response to the emergency and relief operations and other continuing partnerships with the Los Baños disaster response and risk reduction committee.

IRRI's Host Country and Community Relations Office continues to organize and facilitate donations, feeding programs, rehabilitation, and livelihood activities for affected residents. 

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