The influx of foreign donations continues for ‘Odette’-hit PH
MANILA – A wave of humanitarian aid from various foreign donors continues for the victims of Typhoon Odette, with more and more countries sending more goods and pledging cash aid including the United States, South Korea, China , the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday personally thanked the US government for its additional PHP 950 million humanitarian aid to the country, which would provide the most affected communities in Visayas and Mindanao with food, water. and temporary shelters.
“We welcome the urgent action taken by the US government to mobilize funds and its people to support us at this time of great need. I would like to take this opportunity to express our most sincere gratitude to the United States Embassy and USAID. You are indeed our allies, partners and friends, ”he said in a joint statement to the DFA office in Pasay.
Locsin noted that the United States is now the “only contributing country” to the government’s efforts to help communities severely affected by the typhoon begin the process of rebuilding their homes and lives.
Heather Variava, acting charge d’affaires at the US Embassy, said the US will continue to partner with the Philippines to strengthen its response to natural disasters and support Filipinos in their recovery efforts.
She also spoke of the contributions of American companies to communities affected by Typhoon Odette, including McDonald’s which provided 20,000 meals, Coca-Cola with over 26,000 liters of water and Procter & Gamble, which provided PHP for 800,000. of hygiene products via the Philippine Coast Guard.
“In this year of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries, the United States remains more determined than ever to work alongside our friends, partners and allies in the Philippines to respond to the devastating impact of Typhoon Odette and to bring much-needed relief and assistance to Filipinos whose lives have been turned upside down, ”she said.
Priority areas expected to receive the latest US funding include Surigao del Norte, Siargao, Dinagat Islands, Southern Leyte and Bohol, with a focus on the hardest hit cities.
The United Arab Emirates and Qatar are among the latest countries to pledge aid to the country’s typhoon relief efforts, with the latter expected to send two planes full of cargo, according to Locsin.
In the early afternoon, China also donated PHP 1 million of bottled drinking water to distribute to families of those affected by the storm.
Also on Wednesday, the Association of Taiwanese Compatriots in the Philippines (TCAIP) officially donated PHP 2 million to aid the country’s relief efforts, through the Manila Economic and Cultural Office.
In addition to the latest donors, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Hungary, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Israel, Singapore, Germany, Spain , the Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland, the European Union, as well as the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund had previously allocated separate relief packages to the Philippines. (ANP)