Cebu inmates give up meals to help flood victims in Manila

More than 600 inmates in Mandaue, Cebu volunteered to forgo one meal last September 30 and donate their rations, reports the Cebu Daily News. The meals will translate to four sacks of rice and several canned goods.

According to jail warden Supt. Simeon Dolojo, the idea started when the jail's 45-member staff decided to donate money they would have spent on in-house birthday celebrations.

"The difficulties happening in Manila are far worse than ours here, so it would be better for us to give," said Pepito Togade in the dialect, leader of inmates in the Annex Building of the city jail.

Willy Loberanes, the section leader of one building said, "We received a lot of help when H1N1 struck us. This is our way of giving back."

The Mandaue government also donated P1 million for relief efforts in Manila. The donation will be coursed to the Office of the President through the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the National Disaster Coordinating Council.

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