Tahimik ang naging pagtulong ni Willie Revillame sa mga biktima ng tropical cyclone Yolanda.
Idinaan niya ang kanyang donasyon na P10M sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), isa sa mga ahensiya ng gobyerno na nangangasiwa sa relief and rehabilitation operations sa mga naapektuhan sa Central Visayas.
Sa pamamgitan ni Jay Montelibano, ang chief operating officer ng WiRe (Willie Revillame) Holdings Inc., eksklusibong nakakuha ng kopya ang PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ng sulat ni Willie kay DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman.
Nakasaad sa sulat ang intensiyon ni Willie na magbigay ng tulong pinansiyal sa mga nasalanta ng super typhoon sa pamamagitan ng kanilang ahensiya.
Nabanggit din ni Willie sa kanyang sulat na mas lalo siyang nahabag sa mga naging kalagayan ng mga biktima matapos niyang mapanood ang mga ulat ni Anderson Cooper ng CNN.
Naibigay na ni Jay ang tsekeng nagkakahalaga ng sampung milyong piso kahapon, November 15, sa DSWD, sa pamamagitan ni Undersecretary Mat Montaño.
Naganap ang turnover ng donasyon sa Wil Tower Mall, ang kabubukas lang na mall ni Willie sa tapat ng ABS-CBN.
Mensahe pa ni Jay sa PEP, “Kuya Wil donated a P10M check to DSWD c/o Sec. Dinky Soliman. She tasked Usec Mat to coordinate with me re turnover of check. Then Usec Mat told me that Kuya can write a personal letter to Sec. Dinky.”
Narito ang kabuuan ng liham ni Willie kay Secretary Dinky Soliman.
WILLIE REVILLAME’S LETTER
November 14, 2013
Secretary Corazon J. Soliman
Department of Social Welfare and Development
Batasan Hills, Quezon City
Dear Madam Secretary:
For the past few days I have watched the tragic news on the calamity that devastated much of Central Visayas, especially Tacloban and Ormoc in Leyte, the Samar provinces and Cebu. I cannot describe my deep sadness and despair seeing many families have lost their loved ones, their homes and means of living.
My anguish was further heightened yesterday when I saw the news report of Mr. Anderson Cooper in CNN when he covered the post-Yolanda report in Tacloban. During his stay in the City, he met this woman named Juvelyn Taniega who took refuge in a jeepney hoping to survive the storm surge but nevertheless lost everything – her husband, six children, and her house. Nothing was left of her. It was as if her own life was also taken from her. She has not yet found the bodies of her three children. She does not know where to get food. She does not even know where to sleep because she has no more shelter to stay. When asked by Mr. Cooper where she would be sleeping or where she would go, all she can say was “Here in the streets. Anywhere. I don’t know where to go.”
Like Juvelyn, Juanito Martinez also lost his family—his wife and daughter. The bodies of his beloved are laid beside the makeshift shelter Juanito has made for him to take cover from the cold and rain. And although he has rice and noodles to feed his tummy, he still desires to have a place to bury his wife and daughter so he can light a candle and mourn for their death.
Juvelyn and Juanito portray the plight of the disaster victims who are suffering right now. Yolanda not only took the lives of thousands but also crushed the future of children who lost their mother, father, siblings, and home.
It is for this reason that I want to extend help the best way and by all means that I can. It is my commitment to reach out to fulfil my social responsibility to our fellow Filipino brethrens denied of the basic necessities.
Coming from humble beginnings, I feel for the agony and misery of our Filipino brothers and sisters broken by Yolanda. I know the pain of hunger as I myself have experienced it. I know the pain of not knowing where to sleep and take shelter. I know the feeling of hopelessness.
I would like to share what I have worked hard for throughout these years. Thus, I am tendering my financial assistance in the amount of P10 Million to provide shelter and cover from the rain or any harm that may hurt them and provisions to keep their bodies warm especially in the night as they rest to sleep. I firmly believe it is through your good offices that this charitable purpose be accomplished.
In this time of great national disaster, it is now our call as Filipinos to come together, to help and support one another to be able to start anew. It is us who can help them take the first step towards rebuilding their lives again. And I hope that this humble contribution would find good use for the Yolanda victims. I wish this donation would go a long way and would help rehabilitate Juvelyn and Martinez and everyone else who have been victims of this destructive typhoon. It may not be enough to pay for everything that they lost, but I am hopeful that this would lessen the burden they are carrying right now.
Thank you and warmest regards.
Very truly yours,
Mr. Willie B. Revillame