Italian shipping company to donate rescue boats

ILOILO – D’Amico Company (Società d’Amico di Navigazione), an Italian maritime transport group, is set to donate two patrol boats equipped with medical rescue facilities to the provincial government here.

According to an email from Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno, whose wife Agnes is an Ilongga, the company’s bigwigs will be arriving in Iloilo on June 20 to turnover US$100,000 (P4,517,597.67). 

Those coming are Antonia and Salvatore d’Amico of Società d’Amico di Navigazione, Sirius Ship Management President Filippo Guadagna, d’Amico Ishima Philippines Board of Director Francesca Manzi, d’Amico Ship Ishima Filippine President Ador Ginete, Board of Director Nora Ginete and Crew Director Joven Rinon.

The turning over ceremony will be held at 11:00 AM in the newly restored Casa Real where Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will present to welcome the foreign guests.

Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said the cash donation will be channeled through the 1Meal Program of businesswoman and civic leader Maria Teresa “Nene” Chan.

Of the donation, P3.3-million will be used to build the two patrol boats, P600,000 is earmarked for two rubber boats and the remaining money will be used to purchase medical equipment and supplies.

Aqua culturist Felina Grace Basco of the Provincial Agriculture’s Office said this donation will help ease the delivery of basic healthcare services to the island-villages of Northern Iloilo.

The rescue patrol boats can likewise boost the disaster preparedness of the province and help minimize the number of neonatal and maternal deaths in remote or secluded areas here.

The donation from the Italian shipping company is on top of the P22-million post-Yolanda aid from the government of Italy.

The said aid will be used to purchase 130 hand tractors and 55 rice threshers to improve the productivity of the marginal farmers in Carles, Estancia, Batad, San Dionisio and Concepcion who suffered from the wrath of the super typhoon in 2013.


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