Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, Dili, 18 March 2020
The Chief of the Civil House, Francisco Maria de Vasconcelos, thanked several entities for helping, on their own initiative, the Presidential Palace clean up its facilities following the floods last week. From 14 to 18 March, the Presidency of the Republic had the support of the following entities: the F-FDTL, the PNTL, the Institute of Equipment Management, the Water and Sanitation Services, fire-fighters, FOKUPERS, ACBIT, community members from Bairro Pité, youths from Bebonuk, Aimutin and Kampung Alor, university students, Globus Fuel, ACCTL, Aqua Fresca, ELEMLOI, Monteveado, and Fabuldus.
It is a gesture of solidarity from the local community, State institutions and companies.
‘At a difficult time, the Timorese have proven again that they are capable of helping those in need, even if they don’t know the person they are helping,’ the Chief of the Civil House said with pride.
Since 13 March, citizens and institutions have been working tirelessly to clean up their houses and workplaces while also providing support to those in need. The solidarity shown contributes to the strengthening of human relations and promotes the sense of belonging to one people, one state and one nation.
The heavy rainfall on 13 March affected the communities and public and private institutions located near river banks at the eastern side of the capital city, namely Becora, Bekusi, Toko Baru Audian and Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace.
The Presidency of the Republic appreciates and thanks these citizens and institutions for taking the initiative to support the Presidential Palace with cleaning-up activities, as well as those areas most affected by the floods.
In addition to cleaning-up, material support has been provided to the victims. This initiative shows that the value of solidarity that we all hold dear has found a place in people’s hearts.