02 September 2009

Ocean 9 donates relief goods to Botolan flood victims

Still far from laying the first foundation for its planned multi-million dollar hotel in Subic Freeport, Ocean 9 Casino and Hotel Resort reached out to donate relief goods to victims of flash floods in lahar-stricken barangays in this town.

Ocean 9 is a US$120- million project, owned by Neorex Philkor Inc. and Grand Utopia Inc., which includes a three-story casino building and a 15-story hotel building to be constructed in the Freeport’s central business district.

Ocean 9 president Henry Park personally led Ocean 9 workers in delivering 800 bags of relief goods worth P200,000 to Porac Elemenrary School and Bucao Elementary School, which serve as evacuation centers for some 200 families.

Botolan Mayor Roger Yap, in the presence of Porac barangay chairman Nelio Angeles, DSWD-R3 staffs Arleen Aquino and Vencie Vertulfo, accepted the goods from Park and Ocean 9 vice president Arsenio Villanueva.

“We want the Filipino people to know that our company is here and ready to help them in times of need, like when disaster strikes their place,” Park said.

He also noted that Ocean 9 is also sponsoring scholarship grants to 20 students of Gordon College in Olongapo City. The grant has a guaranteed fund of US$1,000 a month from the company.

Mayor Yap, meanwhile, said that there are at least 6,500 people from more than 2,000 families whose houses and livelihood were destroyed by the flash flood last August 6, and who are still staying in the two evacuation centers. (SBMA Corporate Communications)

PHOTO: Subic Freeport locator Ocean 9 president Henry Park (center) hand over to Botolan mayor Roger Yap part of the 800 bags of relief goods for the victims of the flash flood that hit the town in early August.