P-Noy pledges $1-million donation to quake-hit city in Japan
President Noynoy Aquino pledged a $1-million donation yesterday, September 27, to help reconstruct a local city hall destroyed by the magnitude-7.4 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in April, reports Philstar.com.
Mayor Hiroshi Kameyama welcomed Aquino and his delegation to Ishinomaki City, where he received the letter of donation in their temporary offices in a local mall. Aquino said the actual check for the donation will be coursed through the Philippine embassy. The president also offered a wreath in front of the Kadonowaki Elementary School, in remembrance of the students who perished from the quake. The coastal city of Ishinomaki, along with Iwate and Fukushima in Miyagi Prefecture, are the most affected areas from the earthquake and still bears traces of devastation.
According to the Philstar.com report, a total of 3,097 deaths had been confirmed in this city and 29,000 residents have also been rendered homeless due to the tsunami as of June 17.
"Of course that is not a very big amount given the degree of destruction but it came from the heart of the nation," Aquino said. "This is something we share with them as proof of our solidarity with them."
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