CITY HALL - Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Philippine Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim led a moment of silence today to commemorate one year since Typhoon Yolanda devastated the Southeast Asia island nation.
During the Council presentation, O’Farrell also turned the spotlight on the need for continued support for recovery efforts, and pointed to the various organizations taking part in that action.
“It is easy for some to forget that one year ago, Typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines with fierce havoc,” said O’Farrell, whose district includes one of the largest Filipino communities in the United States. “The result is far reaching devastation that will take years to recover from.
More than 6,300 people lost their lives and 900,000 families were displaced due to Typhoon Yolanda.
The presentation included remarks from Philippine Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim, as well as a representative of The Peace Project, an organization working to build shelter homes in the Philippines. The organization has built 40 bungalow shelters and is seeking donations to build more.
Aqui Soriano-Versoza, executive director of the Pilipino Workers Center, was also on hand during the event to discuss her organization’s efforts to urge the federal government to issue Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Filipino nationals currently in the United States. Many of those that would be eligible for TPS are the first line of support for their families and friends struggling in the disaster-stricken nation.
Last week, O’Farrell and Herrera-Lim released a joint letter urging the public to continue to show support for the recovery efforts.