Music Room, Malacañan Palace
2 June 2014

Tzu Chi Foundation Executive Director for Global Volunteers Stephen Huang paid a courtesy call to President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacañang together with Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines officials led by its Vice President and CEO Alfred Li.

The meeting highlighted the foundation’s plan of constructing classrooms for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. According to Li, there are 276 fire proof rooms that will be put up in the devastated area. Likewise, they will build 2,700 temporary housing shelters as disaster response to the victims wherein 2,000 houses will be allocated in Ormoc City and 700 houses in the municipality of Palo. They are also looking for an area in Tacloban City.

Moreover, the foundation prepared 4,700 tons of Taiwanese rice as relief for devastated and disaster-affected areas in the provinces of Leyte, Zamboanga, Bohol, and Metro Manila.

Joining them in the call were Tzu Chi Foundation Assistant Corporate Secretary Shiao Cheng Lim Chua, Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon ‘Dinky’ Soliman and Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Secretary Panfilo Lacson.

Tzu Chi Foundation is a Taiwanese non-profit organization that was established in 1966 by Dharma Master Cheng Yen. Its goal is to help communities around the world through social and community services, medical care, education and humanitarian aid. Its Philippines chapter was founded in November 8, 1994.

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