20 Nov 2018
- By Junhan B. Todiño – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
TAN Holdings and the Tan Siu Lin Foundation on Monday donated $1 million to the ongoing typhoon recovery efforts in CNMI.
Of this amount, the Commonwealth Advocates for Recovery Efforts or CARE will get $300,000; the American Red Cross, $200,000; and CNMI Mass Care, $200,000.
In a statement, Tan Holdings said the remaining $300,000 “will be an ongoing financial commitment as projects and needs arise within the CNMI community. The many men and women of Tan Holdings and Tan Siu Lin Foundation will continue to support the efforts toward full recovery of #marianasstrong!”
“We’ve been hit by typhoons so many times in the last three years but this company and this family never fails to contribute to the community,” Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres said in his remarks. He thanked Jerry Tan, president and chief executive officer of Tan Holdings, during the donation ceremony held in the Kanoa Resort lobby.
Torres said he knows that the American Red Cross and the other non-profit organizations involved in the recovery program will use the money wisely and assist the “right homes and the right people who truly need help.”
He added, “Every donation goes a long way and $1 million will definitely will go for miles.”
Torres said it took Saipan two years to rebuild after Typhoon Soudelor hit the island in Aug. 2015, and he believes it will take another couple of years to rebuild Saipan and Tinian following the devastation of Super Typhoon Yutu.
But despite the huge challenges ahead, he said the people are resilient and united which will keep the CNMI strong.
In his remarks, Tan said it was not difficult for him to ask his family and the foundation to help the CNMI.
“Like I’ve always said, this is my home — this is our home,” he added.
He said after Typhoon Yutu hit the island, he drove around Chalan Kanoa and he couldn’t believe what he saw. It was a catastrophe, he added.
“I knew we would need a lot of help, but seeing the level devastation was just heartbreaking.”
In a statement, Tan said: “I am proud to announce that our family has committed $1 million to support the recovery of our CNMI community. We are confident that with the tremendous support of all first responders, American Red Cross, the utility firms of CUC, Guam Power Authority, Pohnpei and Colorado, the U.S. Armed Forces, FEMA, SBA and the numerous non-profit volunteer groups, our resilient community will pull through this episode, and we will rise better and stronger as a community.”
Governor Torres responded with gratitude on behalf of the CNMI people. “As our recovery efforts continue, we are reminded every day of the resilience of our people and the generosity of our private sector partners. Mr. Jerry Tan and the Tan Holdings family have been among our strongest partners from the very beginning, and they continue to personify that spirit of inafa’maolek within our community. Just a few months ago, they supported Rota during Mangkhut, and they now continue that same support for Saipan and Tinian for Yutu. Un dangkulu na Si Yu’us Ma’ase yan Ghilisou to Jerry and the entire Tan Holdings family. Thank you for not only supporting our recovery efforts, but for continuing to be role models within our community. Together, we will build a stronger Marianas.”
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108974-tan-siu-lin-foundation-tan-holdings-donate-1m-to-yutu-recovery-program