AFF donates US$100K to 'Pablo' victims

Posted at 02/02/2013 6:45 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) has donated $100,000 (roughly P4 million) to the victims of Typhoon Pablo that devastated several areas in southern Philippines in December.

Malaysia’s Prince Abdullah Ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, AFF Council and Finance and marketing Committee member, visited the country on Friday for the ceremonial turnover of the donation to the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).

The AFF pledged the donation during the recent AFF Council Meeting in Thailand.

PFF President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta Jr. said the PFF is considering using the fund to put up school buildings in some communities hit by Pablo.

He added that they also plan to set up small football fields within these areas to help the children learn and enjoy the sport.

Typhoon Pablo (international name "Bopha") swept across Eastern Mindanao last December, causing flashfloods and landslides.

Over 1,000 people were killed and more than 800 were reported missing during the aftermath of the typhoon.

Last year, PFF also organized charity matches for the victims of typhoon Sendong.

Proceeds from the matches were donated to the Philippine Red Cross and ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya.