(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today offered his condolences and called for support for the people of the Philippines in the wake of the deadly typhoon that struck the city of Tacloban and other areas of the country. The Mayor also encouraged District residents to offer their support to neighbors who may have family in the region affected by the typhoon.
“Unfortunately, we are bearing witness to another historic tragedy in the Philippines, which has suffered from disastrous typhoons and storms in recent years,” said Mayor Gray. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of the central Philippines, as well as to the residents of the District of Columbia who have loved ones there. I have reached out to Philippines Ambassador Jose Lampe Cuisia, Jr. to express my sympathies and to offer any assistance the District may be able to provide.”
Mayor Gray continued: “I encourage District residents to make monetary donations to reputable disaster-relief organizations, such as UNICEF and the American Red Cross, which has activated a family-tracking service for those looking for loved ones in the Philippines, or through the Embassy of the Philippines. District government employees may want to make a donation to charities that offer ongoing relief and recovery services through our own DC One Fund (www.dconefund.org).”
“With over 3,000 Filipino Americans in the District, many people are affected by this terrible tragedy. We hope that through these efforts we can help bring relief during this difficult time,” said Soohyun “Julie” Koo, Director of the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs.