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South Korea and Ireland have pledged P116.8 million in aid to the Philippines.

Foreign relief aid continues to stream in for the provinces impacted by Typhoon Odette, with the governments of South Korea and Ireland providing PHP116.8 million in humanitarian aid on Wednesday.

Seoul would donate USD2,050,000 (about PHP102.7 million) to help the afflicted communities in Visayas and Mindanao recover and restore their livelihoods, according to Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Inchul.

In a recent meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., the ambassador announced Seoul’s contribution and delivered Korean President Moon Jae In’s message of sympathy and solidarity to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“President Moon Jae In offered President Duterte a message of condolences and solidarity. “In his message, he extended his heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families who are grieving and suffering,” Kim said.

“As a gesture of goodwill, the Korean government has chosen to contribute USD2 million in humanitarian aid.” In addition, the Korean Embassy is preparing to provide an extra USD50,000 for emergency help,” he said.

Rice will be purchased for USD50,000, or roughly PHP2.5 million, of the overall aid, according to the Embassy.

The Embassy is working closely with key humanitarian organizations to raise the fund, with intentions to distribute the rice contribution in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Ireland, on the other hand, has set aside EUR250,000 (about PHP14.1 million) for disaster aid.

“The situation in the Philippines following last week’s super typhoon is severe,” Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora Colm Brophy remarked. Over 600,000 individuals have been displaced from their homes, affecting nearly two million people. “My heart breaks for those who have lost loved ones, homes, and livelihoods.”

“Our recently created Embassy in Manila has Ireland’s Ambassador (William Carlos) on the ground, monitoring the changing situation,” he continued.

The Irish aid, which will be channeled through the UN World Food Programme (WFP), will deliver crucial, life-saving humanitarian assistance to the world’s most vulnerable people.

As part of the Philippine government’s emergency response, the WFP is now providing logistical, food, and communications support.

On Wednesday, Social Welfare and Development Director Emmanuel Privado announced that the WFP had provided the agency with satellite phones, which will aid in disaster relief efforts in Cebu and Surigao del Norte.

The Philippines were hit by a super typhoon last week, displacing thousands of people in Mimaropa (Region 4-B), Bicol (Region 5), Western Visayas (Region 6), Central Visayas (Region 7), Eastern Visayas (Region 8), Northern Mindanao (Region 10), Davao (Region 11), Soccsksargen, Caraga, and the Bangsa (BARMM).

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) verified 156 deaths as of Tuesday, with 37 people still missing and 275 people injured as a result of “Odette.”

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