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Foreign donations continue to flow in for the Philippines, which has been struck by the ‘Odette’ disaster.
The United States, South Korea, China, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar continue to pour relief aid into the victims of Typhoon Odette, with other countries sending more items and providing cash assistance.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. personally praised the US government on Wednesday for providing an additional PHP950 million in humanitarian aid to the Philippines, which will give food, water, and temporary shelter to the worst-affected areas in the Visayas and Mindanao.
“We applaud the US government’s swift action in raising finances and personnel to assist us in our time of tremendous need. I’d want to take this opportunity to thank the United States Embassy and USAID for their assistance. You are, without a doubt, our allies, collaborators, and friends “In a joint press conference at the DFA office in Pasay, he added.
The US is now the “single greatest country contributor” to the government’s efforts to assist areas badly devastated by the typhoon in beginning the process of rebuilding their homes and lives, according to Locsin.
Heather Variava, the US Embassy’s ad interim Chargé d’Affaires, said the US will continue to work with the Philippines to improve its natural disaster response and assist Filipinos in their recovery efforts.
She also mentioned US companies’ contributions to communities affected by Typhoon Odette, such as McDonald’s, which provided 20,000 meals, Coca-Cola, which provided over 26,000 liters of water, and Procter & Gamble, which provided PHP800,000 worth of hygiene products through the Philippine Coast Guard.
“In this year of our two countries’ 75th diplomatic anniversary, the United States remains as committed as ever to working alongside our friends, partners, and allies in the Philippines to respond to the devastating impact of Typhoon Odette and provide much-needed relief and assistance to the Filipinos whose lives have been upended,” she said.
Surigao del Norte, Siargao, Dinagat Islands, Southern Leyte, and Bohol are among the priority locations projected to gain from the latest US funds, with a focus on the hardest-hit municipalities.
According to Locsin, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are two of the most recent countries to commit aid to the country’s typhoon relief efforts, with the latter anticipated to deliver two planeloads of products.
China also provided PHP1 million worth of bottled drinking water to the families of those affected by the storm today afternoon.
Also on Wednesday, the Taiwanese Compatriot Association in the Philippines (TCAIP) presented the Manila Economic and Cultural Office with a formal donation of PHP2 million to aid in the country’s relief efforts.
Apart from the most recent donors, separate relief packages for the Philippines were previously allocated by South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Hungary, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Israel, Singapore, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland, the European Union, and the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund.