Humanitarian Fund for Philippines Washi Typhoon Victims
Last Thursday, I chaired the meeting to close the humanitarian fund for Philippines' Washi Typhoon Victims. Before that we had all the organisations who had collected funds to present their collection to my Minister, Pehin Hazair and to the Acting Religious Affairs Minister, Pengiran Dato Bahrom. This is the 21st or 22nd fund that Brunei had established since the first one for the Ache Tsunami victims. Despite the many number of funds, Bruneians were still contributing. The total collection for the Washi Fund is B$202,491.35. Here is the news article I borrowed from Borneo Bulletin.
Bandar Seri Begawan - The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) yesterday received a total of B$202,491.35 in donations from several government and non-government agencies at a ceremony held at the ministry's building.
The donations were collected for three months from January 4 to April 3 for the victims of the Philippines Typhoon Washi.
Present as guest of honour and to receive the donations was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Hazair bin Hj Abdullah.
There were seven contributors for the Philippines Typhoon, Washi Rind namely, the Prime Minister's Office and departments under it with total donations of B$5,407.41, handed over by Hj Mandi Mohammad Yussof.
The Ministry of Education and its departments presented a donation of $2,607; the Ministry of Development with $1,217; the Mosque Affairs Department with $10,258.83; Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah with $50,000, and another $1,981.41 collected from donation boxes allocated at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Shopping Complex; DST Group contributing $5,000 and $42,350 from the SMS Brunei Prihatin initiative; and the $18,235.55 contribution from the Tulong Mindanao Charity Auction and Bazaar.
Acting Minister of Religious Affairs, Pengiran Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom Pengiran Hj Bahar also received donations at the event - from the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces with $5,000; the Belait District Office donated $833; the Tutong District Office with $1,186.50; the Temburong District Office with $533.49; the Islamic Studies Department with $6,000; private schools amounting to $14,094.73; B-Mobile Communication donated $10,650 collected from the SMS Brunei Prihatin initiative; KatakIjau Humanitarian Action Aid with $1,000 and also some contribution from the National Disaster Management Centre.
The presentation of donations was then followed by the closing meeting of the Philippines Typhoon Washi Victims Fund committee, chaired by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Hj Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos.
The meeting agreed that yesterday marked the closing of the fund officially, as well as the dissolution of the committee.