• 51 countries donate P12.9 billion for typhoon assistance

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    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

     

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    4 Comments

    1. What Mark said…

      It’s disrespectful to say the least to exclude the UK who has donated a SIGNIFICANT amount of money. Especially if that’s practically half of the total figures of 51 countries combined.

    2. Repacking foreign aids is patently illegal. Why does DSWD had to repack these
      donations and attached their label on it? To make it show the victims that all
      these aids came from DSWD’s Soliman? What a scam? Talagang walang
      hiya yan si Soliman. Talaga bang untouchable na yan mga tauhan ni abnoy?
      Bakit hindi niya kayang disiplinahin ang mga tauhan niya. Yan din si Roxas
      at Gazmin, nandoon na sila sa Tacloban before the typhoon. Ano ang ginawa
      nila doon? Magpalaki ng bayag? Bakit walang sinasabi ni abnoy sa kanila. Or
      were they instructed not to do anything dahil Leyte is an opposition province.
      Think about it. Ang entire police ay under ni Roxas at and armed forces ay under
      ni Gazmin. Why did they not mobilize the police and the military to prevent
      looting? I understand that the mayor of Tacloban made several S.O.S. request
      but was ignored. Why? The resources of these local governments are very limited.
      Hence, the national government under abnoy should have given them prompt
      and immediate assistance. Or, were they unprepared to, noynoying or politicking?

    3. I believe your figures may be somewhat inaccurate or outdated:

      The British public has donated more than 55 million Pounds ($88.8 million) in addition to the British government’s 35 million Pounds ($56.5 million). That totals more than Php 6.4 billion and about half of the total you report.

    4. >>> 51 countries !!!!. and Php12.9B daw Is it in cash or worth of donations?
      >>> Sa USA palamang $47M (in cash) or Ph2.02B, how about $50 other countries?
      >>>Press Secretary or DSWD shall provide a real transparency report on
      daily or weekly basis about the relief goods and in cash donations of all these 51 countries. What agency and who is the authorized recipient and implementing/distributor and allocator of the donatiosn. Otherwise malaking issue muli yan…dahil maghahanapan at magsisihan sa bandang huli. kaya nararapat ngayon pa lamng maging maayos sistema ng pagtanggap at pamimigay bng mga donasyon.
      >>> baka pagsapit ng Disyembre at Enero marami ng nasa kalye ng ibat-ibang province and cities at binebenta sa ibang tao!!