Princess of Thailand visits ‘Yolanda’ projects in Leyte

  • The Princess of Thailand has visited the province of Leyte to check on the projects she funded for the ‘Yolanda’ victims
  • She turned over a four-classroom school building built from her donations
  • She also inspected other livelihood projects she funded for victims of Yolanda

MANILA, Philippines – The Princess of Thailand is currently in the country to visit the projects she and her government have funded for Typhoon Yolanda victims in the province of Leyte.

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrived in Manila on Monday, January 18 and paid President Benigno Aquino a courtesy call at Malacañang Palace where presidential sisters Maria Elena “Ballsy” Aquino-Cruz and Aurora Corazon “Pinky” Aquino-Abellada hosted a dinner in her honor.

The Thai monarch then visited Leyte province on Tuesday, making a brief tour of popular landmarks such as the  Santo Niño Church and the Sto. Niño Shrine, before attending another welcome dinner hosted by Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla in Tacloban.

On Wednesday, she proceeded to the town of Dagami to lead the turning over of the four-classroom building in Banayon Elementary School to the Department of Education (DepEd).

The construction of the P8-million school building was made possible under the patronage of the 60-year-old Thai princess, and it doubles as an evacuation center for the residents during typhoon.

Governor Petilla said it was built to withstand typhoons as strong as Yolanda which devastated the province more than two years ago; killing nearly 7,000 people.

The Thai monarch also inspected livelihood projects – mushroom production and tilapia-raising – which she funded for the Yolanda victims in the same town. (Click here to read more)

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