The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $1.9 million (PhP83.9 million) as part of its humanitarian assistance to those affected by the recent floods caused by Tropical Storm Sendong.
This additional amount increases the U.S. Government assistance for immediate emergency relief to $2.8 million (PhP123.6 million).
Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. said “USAID’s assistance will be used to support continuing relief operations as well as early recovery and rehabilitation efforts to help disaster victims get back on their feet and reclaim their lives.”
This contribution will be used for emergency procurement of classroom furniture and equipment, reference materials, education supplies, and student kits. It will also fund the repair of damaged schools and small-scale infrastructure projects to help restart economic activity in the affected barangays. The distribution of clean water and hygiene kits will also be supported through funding provided by Catholic Relief Services and Plan International.
Along with the financial contribution of $2.8 million, USAID is collaborating with the Department of Health in providing health awareness materials to ensure the well-being of flood victims housed in evacuation centers.
USAID Mission Director Gloria D. Steele said “We will continue our coordination with concerned Philippine Government agencies to identify areas where the U.S. Government can provide further assistance.”
For 50 years the United States has been a key partner of the Philippines in providing immediate humanitarian response during times of natural calamities.