The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday over 51 countries have donated over P12.9 billion to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
“We are truly touched by the overwhelming support of the international community as we continue with the disaster response and relief efforts,” Raul Hernandez, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said in a press briefing.
“This demonstration of commitment by our international partners inspires even as we go to the tougher phase of rehabilitation and rebuilding,” Hernandez said.
He expressed the Philippine government’s gratitude to the Chinese government, which sent The Peace Ark, a 10,000-ton hospital ship, for medical aid for the typhoon victims.
“We have accepted that offer,” the DFA official said.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development will coordinate with the Chinese government on the hospital ship’s deployment.
Hernandez said the Philippines also thanked Washington for sending another hospital ship, the USS Mercy.
The Mercy will be deployed when “it is needed most based upon the assessment of the needs of the Philippines,” he said.
So far, the US has donated $47 million in cash and in kind, including food assistance, high-energy biscuits and military or transport assets.
BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON