BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
Note: The last fact sheet was dated November 3, 2009.
- On November 12, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton arrived in the Philippines for a two-day visit, during which the Secretary plans to hold consultations with senior Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) officials, highlighting important aspects of U.S.-Philippines bilateral relations, including disaster relief and recovery efforts, as well as the U.S.-Philippines treaty alliance.
- On November 12, Secretary Clinton announced U.S. Government (USG) plans to provide an additional $5.2 million in disaster relief and recovery assistance to respond to recent tropical storms in the Philippines. The funding includes $2 million through USAID/OFDA to support a five-month Oxfam-Great Britain (Oxfam/GB) disaster relief and early recovery program, comprising economy and market systems and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions, as well as the provision of emergency relief supplies for an estimated 92,500 storm-affected individuals in Laguna and Rizal provinces, central Luzon island. USAID/Philippines will program the remaining USG funding toward education, health, and disaster preparedness activities.
- A USAID/OFDA regional advisor and information officer participated in a November 12 USAID/OFDA-funded distribution of relief items-including hygiene kits, cooking supplies, and water containers-to 500 affected families, implemented by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
- According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the October 7 U.N. Flash Appeal requesting more than $74 million for populations affected by Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) had received 36.2 percent of requested funding as of November 10.
- To date in FY 2010, the USG has planned or provided nearly $16 million in assistance to affected individuals in the Philippines, including more than $5.5 million through USAID/OFDA support to programs in economic recovery and market systems; humanitarian coordination and information management; and WASH, as well as the provision and distribution of emergency relief supplies.