OUTGOING US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg’s “malasakit” (compassion) to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda is something that cannot be ignored by any Filipino.
In fact, former Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin G. Romualdez paid a glowing tribute to Goldberg, who is winding down his three-year tour of duty in this manpower-exporting nation.
A lawyer and banker by profession, the towering Romualdez cited the American envoy for immediately extending help to Tacloban City, the ground zero of the super typhoon.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much,” said Romualdez, who conveyed the people of Region VIII’s gratitude to the US and other donors for their assistance to Yolanda-ravaged areas.
Without doubt, Goldberg is one of the many world leaders and individuals who provided new hope to the suffering typhoon victims, notably residents of Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte.
Romualdez said that Ambassador Goldberg was very instrumental, through the US government, in providing humanitarian assistance to the victims of the super typhoon.
The assistance included food, potable water, temporary shelter and basic health care system.
The US government also helped in clearing roads to transport aid workers, who distributed thousands of tons of relief goods, and evacuated thousands of people affected by the howler.
What is significant here is that the assistance further enriched the friendly ties between the Philippines and the world’s most powerful nation.
Of course, nobody was surprised when no less than the House of Representatives adopted a resolution conferring on Goldberg the “Golden Mace Award” for his efforts in strengthening the PH-US relations.