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The Palace expresses gratitude to the international community for its assistance to the victims of the ‘Odette’ disaster.

On Wednesday, Malacanang expressed gratitude to countries and organizations for their support to areas hit by Typhoon Odette.

These countries and organizations have committed financial and in-kind support, according to Acting Presidential Spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.

“We are also appreciative for the offers of support from our international friends, partners, and allies,” Nograles stated at a press conference at the Palace. “Among them are Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the United Nations, and Qatar.”

He stated that the Palace anticipates additional assistance from various parts of the globe.

“We expect a lot more countries, development partners, and allies to come to our aid and help our kababayans na lubos na naapektuhan ng Typhoon Odette (fellowmen who were severely damaged by Typhoon Odette),” he stated.

Previously, the Australian government collaborated with the Philippine Red Cross to help supplement government-led relief efforts.

Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, has vowed to send financial support, including through the Red Cross, to address critical needs on the ground, such as water and sanitation.

According to Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian, China will supply the Philippines with USD1 million in emergency cash aid as well as food parcels.

The European Union (EU) has pledged approximately 1.7 million euros in humanitarian aid to meet immediate needs such as food, drinking water, shelter, and other household necessities.

The French government would “collect resources from the private sector” alongside the French Chamber of Commerce and the France-Philippines United Action Foundation, according to French Ambassador Michèle Boccoz.

Japan has pledged to provide disaster relief assistance through the Japan International Cooperation Agency, including generators, tents, and sleeping pads.

The United Kingdom has pledged to give the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) 750,000 euros to help typhoon victims.

Heather Variava, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the US Embassy in the Philippines, said the US is sending PHP10 million in emergency assistance through the US Agency for International Development.

According to UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines Gustavo Gonzalez, the UN Office for the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs has promised to offer housing, health, food, and safety.

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