The Foreign Ministry has decided to donate US$5 million to the Philippines after super typhoon Haiyan left more than 12,000 people dead or missing. The amount covers food and medical supplies requested by the Philippine government.
The ministry said the amount was determined in comparison with aid for other disasters.
But there is criticism that the amount is puny given that the Philippines sent troops to help during the Korean War. The U.S. has pledged $20 million, the U.K. $16 million, Japan $10 million, Australia $9.4 million, and Canada $5 million.