by Myrna Aquitania
The worldwide outpouring of financial and humanitarian aid for victims of typhoon ‘Yolanda’ is amazingly overwhelming.
Recent reports from a flash appeal by the United Nations stated that an “estimate of $301 million or 13 billion pesos would be needed for the relief efforts in a wide span of central Philippines brought by supertyphoon Yolanda, which slammed into many islands with ferocious winds that whipped up tsunami-like waves.”
In response to the amount of damage done in our country, below is a list of various countries,, government agencies, private companies and charities sendng and pledging their financial and humanitarian aid on record, sent either directly to the Philippine government or to various government agencies and/or charities based in the Philippines:
1. United States – more than $37 million worth of military personnel, equipment, aircraft carriers, food, shelter, water and medicines coordinated through the Philippine government;
2. European Commission – $40 million
3. Australia – humanitarian aid worth $9.38 million of search and rescue and medical personnel coordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs;
4. South Korea – $5.1 million;
5. Canada – $5.1 million;
6. New Zealand – $1.78 million;
7. Germany – 23 tons of humanitarian aid;
8. Taiwan – $200,000;
9. Vatican – $150,000;
10. China – $100,000;
11. Vietnam – $100,000;
12. Singapore/Malaysia – $40,000;
13. Japan – humanitarian aid of military personnel;
14. Israel - in the process of building a hospital in Cebu to treat around 500 patients;.
15. UNICEF/UNHCR – tons of humanitarian aid worth $25 million;
16. WALMART – pledged $1 million;
17. CBS2/KCAL9 Telethon – raised $164,000;
18. Wells Fargo – $250,000 ($125,00 to American Red Cross and $125,00 to the International Medical Corps.)
19. Walmart – $100,000
20. Cedars-Sinai Foundation – $25,000;
21. Philippine Emergency Disaster & Relief Operation (PEDRO)- $20,000;
22. Asean Women’s Caucus -$1,800.00.
Aid is still ongoing from various countries and large corporations. Moreso, on a collective effort, a lot of our kababayans produce ongoing fundraising concerts with proceeds going to special charities set up for the typhoon victims. On a personal note, I know that Wells Fargo Bank’s ATM services has included a way to transfer donations to the typhoon -related areas through the American Red Cross.
As Filipinos, we are most thankful for the outpouring of aid in all forms to aid our kababayans whose lives have changed. We take pride in the resiliency of the Filipino and we pray that one day in the near future, these kababayans will rise up and rebuild their lives again.