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10 non-profit groups receive $200K from Tan Holdings for Yutu recovery program

TAN Holdings and the Tan Siu Lin Foundation on Thursday handed $200,000 to 10 non-profit organizations in the CNMI as part of the post-Yutu rebuilding and recovery program.

These are Karidat Social Services, Salvation Army, Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation, Saipan Little League Inc., Lady Diann Torres Foundation, Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance, Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, Northern Marianas Islands Football Association, United Filipino Organization, and Maturana House of Prayer. Each received $20,000.

Jerry Tan, president of Tan Holdings, and his top executives pose with the representatives of the 10 non-profit organizations during the turnover of cash donations for the Typhoon Yutu recovery program on Thursday in the lobby of Kanoa Resort.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoJerry Tan, president of Tan Holdings, and his top executives pose with the representatives of the 10 non-profit organizations during the turnover of cash donations for the Typhoon Yutu recovery program on Thursday in the lobby of Kanoa Resort. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

“We want to partner with you to continue to work for the typhoon recovery,” said Jerry Tan, Tan Holdings president and chief executive officer.

The $200,000 is part of  the $1 million that Tan Holdings and TSL have set aside for the recovery efforts.

In November, $700,000 was provided to the American Red Cross and other non-profit organization.

The remaining $100,000 will  be used for the distribution of relief goods, Tan said.

“It is the commitment of our companies and family to help the community,” Tan said, adding that Saipan has not yet fully recovered from Typhoon Yutu.

There are still people at the shelter in Kagman, he said.

Recipients of the Tan donations signed an agreement stating that the funding will be dedicated for typhoon recovery programs only.

“We are so grateful for the kindness and generosity of Tan Holdings and the TSL Foundation that will allow us to continue to assist community members as they recover from Yutu,” said Anna Lizama of the Salvation Army.

UFO president Gerry de Guzman said they are very thankful for the donation that, he added, will help more affected families.

Ana McMahon, officer-in-charge of Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation, said the donation will help them carry out their post-typhoon recovery program.

“It’s a wonderful surprise, and we are so thankful that we can continue to serve and help rebuild the community,” Karidat Social Services director Lauri Ogomuro said.

Sister Martha Ramarui, coordinator of the Maturana House of Prayer, said the donation is a big help to the group.

“You have our prayers and may God bless you,” she told Tan.

Fr. Jason Gradado and Fr. Anthony Agwason received the donation on behalf of the Chalan Kanoa Diocese.