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Foreign donors allowed to update Yolanda pledges online

Posted On 2014 May 05
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President Benigno S. Aquino III distributes relief goods to families displaced by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Hainan) at the evacuation center during his visit to the Roxas City to personally assess the extent of damage in the area on Sunday (November 10, 2013). Typhoon Yolanda, the world's most powerful typhoon in 2013, packing more than 300kph when it made landfall in Central Visayas Friday morning. (Photo by:Ryan Lim / Malacanang Photo Bureau)

President Benigno S. Aquino III distributes relief goods to families displaced by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Hainan) at the evacuation center during his visit to the Roxas City to personally assess the extent of damage in the area on Sunday (November 10, 2013). Typhoon Yolanda, the world’s most powerful typhoon in 2013, packing more than 300kph when it made landfall in Central Visayas Friday morning. (Photo by:Ryan Lim / Malacanang Photo Bureau)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – To enhance transparency and accountability on the aid and assistance for Typhoon Yolanda victims, the Philippine government has granted different donor countries and organizations online access to update their cash and non-cash pledges.

In a press statement released Wednesday, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said with the launch of the 2.0 version of Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FaiTH), each embassy or organization was given a unique account username or password to update or input their pledges.

A total of 64 countries and seven multilateral organizations now have access to FAiTH’s content management system, said Lacierda, adding necessary measures are in place to ensure accuracy and ease of verification.

“As embassies update their data, each successful entry will generate a unique transaction ID and an electronic alert sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA),” he said.

Lacierda added each update must also be officially communicated to the DFA through Note Verbale.

“A number of these embassies and organizations have already updated their data; thus, the figures on this version of FAiTH are also the most updated figures on aid and assistance,” said Lacierda.

At present, according to the FaiTH website, the Philippine government has received a total cash of 14.997 billion for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. The total foreign aid pledged was P34.043 billion, of which P11.069 billion were cash and P22.973 billion were non-cash.

Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) is the strongest typhoon recorded to make landfall. It killed at least 6,200 people and left 1,800 people missing. About 2.6 million families were affected, mostly in the Central Visayas region, and displaced 930,000 others. It also left more than $12.9 million in damage.

Lacierda said version 2.0 will also record assistance pledged or given by private, foreign nongovernment organizations (NGOs) made to the Philippines, so long as this assistance has been officially communicated to the DFA through Note Verbale.

The tally will also include donations from private individuals coursed through Philippines embassies abroad.

With the enhancements, Lacierda asked the diplomatic corps, as well as other development partners, to provide detailed information on the aid and assistance they have given.

“With greater accuracy of data that FAiTH provides, all our efforts—from that of the Philippine government to private organizations, to our international partners—can be guided accordingly towards greater success,” he said.

He added that FAiTH Version 2.0 is founded on a system that emphasizes accuracy and collective responsibility to “ensure that every form of assistance given out of the good will of the global community achieves its intended goal: to help the survivors of Yolanda.”

“By so doing, it strengthens partnerships, fosters trust, and ensures that we will continue our march on the journey to recovery and resilience together,” Lacierda said. (MNS)

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