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MMDA repairs Leyte Landing memorial

MANILA, Philippines - A contingent from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) repaired yesterday the Leyte Landing memorial in Palo town, which was damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino personally led his men in re-erecting the felled statue of Filipino statesman Carlos Romulo, which was left unattended for 20 days after the onslaught of the typhoon.

 “This historical monument should not be neglected. By restoring this, we hope to inspire the people of Leyte to rise again,” Tolentino said.

Romulo’s statue is one of six bronze statues comprising a tableau that shows the historic landing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 1944.

Tolentino said the MMDA is humbled to be the first to restore the damaged memorial. The initiative was part of the agency’s repair and rehabilitation efforts in typhoon-damaged areas in Eastern Visayas.

The MMDA sent its first rescue and relief units to Tacloban City and Samar on Nov. 10, two days after Yolanda’s onslaught. To date, the MMDA has 304 men doing relief work in the devastated provinces.

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The agency also sent equipment and relief goods and worked with local and international agencies in rehabilitating damaged communities.


CebuPac extends rebooking period

Cebu Pacific has extended the free rebooking period for Tacloban passengers from Dec. 31 to Jan. 15, 2014. 

Passengers with flights to and from Tacloban from Nov. 7, until Jan. 15, 2014 can rebook their flights or reroute to the nearest alternate airport without penalties, for travel within 120 days. They may also opt for full travel fund or full refund.

Passengers may call (02)7020-888 or (032)230-8888 any time before their scheduled flights.

Those who wish to check the status of their flights may visit

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