Bahrain’s Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa (left), Philippine National Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon (second left), Philippine Vice- President Jejomar Binay (right) and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Robert Garcia share a light moment at the Lighthouse Marina before the signing of an MoU between Bahrain and the Philippines yesterday. Jonas Reyes
By Jonas Reyes
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT: The Kingdom of Bahrain will build $1.6m worth of infrastructure in the form of 500 housing units for Tacloban and two vocational complexes for youth and sports in Tacloban and Subic Bay Freeport, an official said yesterday.
“There’s always this special bond between the Philippines and Bahrain altogether.”
This was the opening remark of Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa during the signing between the two countries as part of their humanitarian programme to help survivors of Yolanda yesterday.
According to former Senator Richard Gordon, this is a first time signing between Bahrain Red Crescent Society and the Philippine National Red Cross.
Prince Al Khalifa said that his participation in the Challenge Philippines triathlon is a great chance for him to help the Filipino survivors in Tacloban. “We need to be here also to help others,” he said.
“This is the kind of friendship we should have. This is a very, very strong humanitarian effort, this is a first in terms of our countries, we are looking forward to a strong relationship not only with the Red Crescent, which is our kindred spirits, but also with the royal kingdom of Bahrain,” Gordon said.
The signing was made by Dr Mustaffa Al Sayed, Secretary-General, Bahrain Royal Charity Organisation; Richard Gordon, Chairman of Philippine National Red Cross; and Dr Fawzi Amin, Secretary-General, Bahrain Red Crescent Society. The signing was witnessed by Prince Al Khalifa, Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Robert Garcia.
Prince Al Khalifa said, “His Majesty, King Hamad, is always ahead of us in any humanitarian help.
“So once he brought this topic that we should proceed with help for the Philippines, especially to the people who survived the disaster and the wreckage that happened, I was excited to be there to help the people but very sad to hear what happened.”
Chairman Gordon said that the Bahraini prince might not have started his triathlon race, but he already have won the hearts of the Filipinos.