WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy today expressed its appreciation to the United States for its prompt response in support of disaster relief efforts in typhoon-ravaged areas in Mindanao.
“Our people are grateful for the assistance extended by the United States to help us respond to the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo in the Southern Philippines,” Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said.
Ambassador Cuisia issued the statement after the US Embassy in Manila announced that Washington will be releasing $100,000 to the Catholic Relief Services to help victims of Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha).
Reports said the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will be sending assessment teams to typhoon-affected areas to determine where the assistance is most needed.
“The United States has always been there to lend a helping hand to the Philippines whenever disaster strikes,” Ambassador Cuisia said as he noted that Washington has provided $11.7 million in humanitarian assistance and over $4.1 million in disaster risk reduction activities to Manila since 2007.
Typhoon Pablo struck Mindanao and parts of the Visayas on Tuesday and left in its wake 325 persons dead, 411 injured and 379 missing and billions of pesos in damage, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
A total of 48,893 families were affected by the typhoon, most of them in the hardest hit areas of Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Surigao del Sur, the NDRRMC said.
On Thursday evening, Ambassador Cuisia asked guests attending a function of the World Cacao Foundation (WCF) at the Philippine Embassy to offer a minute of silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the disaster.
Ambassador Cuisia, at the same time, said that individuals and organizations in the US who would like to assist in the relief efforts can send their cash donations to the NDRRMC (www.ndrrmc.gov.ph); the Department of Social Welfare and Development (www.dswd.gov.ph); and the Philippine National Red Cross (www.redcross.org.ph). ###