Manila Golf Event to Go Ahead After Philippine Typhoon Disaster

This week’s Manila Masters golf tournament will take place, even as Philippine President Benigno Aquino declared a state of calamity following Typhoon Haiyan, the Asian Tour said today.

The decision was made “after careful consideration and consultation with the local golf associations, authorities and relief agencies,” the organizers said in an e-mailed statement.

The government said at least 2,275 people were killed and a further 6.9 million may be affected as a result of the super typhoon that struck the southern Philippines on Nov. 8. Rescue efforts are under way but are hampered by lack of transport vehicles and roads which have been washed away or blocked.

The Asian Tour said it will support the Philippine Red Cross in its bid to “provide aid and assistance to alleviate the human suffering.” The golf course is south of Manila, more than 300 miles from the city of Tacloban, one of the areas hardest hit by the storm.

“We feel for the people affected by this unfortunate tragedy and hope that through the staging of this tournament and through our support of aid and relief programs, we will be able to help in whatever way possible,” Mike Kerr, chief executive officer of the Asian Tour, said.

The inaugural $750,000 competition is set to start tomorrow at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.

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