PAL flies aid for 'Vinta' victims in Mindanao


Posted at Dec 26 2017 06:11 PM

Philippine Airlines flew relief goods for victims of Tropical Storm Vinta in Mindanao free of charge. Handout

MANILA - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has flown government relief goods for free to victims of Tropical Storm Vinta in Mindanao, where it triggered deadly mudslides and flash floods over the weekend.

The 13,306 kilos of aid flown via PAL include ready to eat food, collapsible water containers, water purifying tablets, plastic mats, mosquito nets, and blankets.

The goods were flown into Davao City and received by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which then transported the relief by land to Northern Cotabato on Christmas Eve and were later brought to Lanao Del Norte for distribution.

"PAL will provide what it can to help in ongoing relief efforts for the benefit of our brothers and sisters who need our services," PAL Spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said in a statement.

The airline added that it would continue to transport additional aid for storm victims free of charge.

Tropical Storm Vinta flooded large parts of Mindanao over the weekend, less than a week after Tropical Storm Urduja lashed the Visayas.

Over 240 people were left dead by the devastation while thousands were forced to spend their holidays in evacuation centers and makeshift shelters.