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Duterte expresses gratitude to Qatar for its assistance to the ‘Odette’-affected areas.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, has been thanked by President Rodrigo Duterte for his offer of assistance to the districts affected by Typhoon Odette.

Duterte expressed his “sincerest gratitude” to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani “for the expression of compassion and solidarity with the victims of Typhoon Rai (Odette) during a telephone conversation held on December 21, 2021,” according to a statement from the President’s Office.

The Qatari Amir’s offer of support for the rehabilitation of the afflicted villages in the Visayas and northern Mindanao regions was also appreciated by Duterte.

“The two leaders urged their respective Secretaries of State and Ministers of the Interior to work together directly to allow the entry of humanitarian aid from Qatar,” according to the statement.

Qatar “is and (will) always be a friend of the Philippines,” according to Duterte.

He praised Qatar’s government for its humanitarian treatment of Filipinos who live and work there.

His Majesty Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for one, expressed gratitude to Filipinos in Qatar.

“He also expressed his administration’s appreciation for the President’s outstanding leadership, wishing him well as he executes his mandate,” according to the statement.

Malacaang commended countries and organizations for their contributions to areas damaged by the fiercest storm to hit the Philippines this year on Wednesday.

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 worldwide community friends, partners, and allies. “Among them are Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the United Nations, and the State of Qatar,” he stated during a press conference at the Palace.

Duterte had previously signed Proclamation No. 1267, declaring a state of calamity in areas hit by Typhoon Odette, including Mimaropa (Region 4-B), Western Visayas (Region 6), Central Visayas (Region 7), Eastern Visayas (Region 8), Northern Mindanao (Region 10) and Caraga (Region 13).

The decree is intended to expedite the government’s and private sector’s rescue, relief, and rehabilitation activities, as well as any international humanitarian help.

Typhoon Odette caused significant destruction and damage to homes, infrastructure, properties, and agriculture, as well as the disruption of crucial lifelines for Filipinos in the typhoon’s path.

According to the latest figures from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the dead toll from the typhoon has risen to 258, with 568 people injured and 47 people missing.

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