Malacañang on Tuesday expressed its gratitude to other members of the international community who had extended their help to the Philippines as the devastation wreaked by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) became clearer.
Speaking to reporters, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that foreign aids have been pouring in from all parts of the world.
So far, he said, at least 28 countries have pledged support for the ongoing relief efforts in the Philippines.
Among the donors include Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Vietnam.
According to Lacierda, the world’s response really gives Filipinos comfort and strength to bounce from the latest tragedy.
“The solidarity shown by many countries means a lot to us. Certainly it gives us comfort that we are not alone in this fight to rehabilitate affected areas in providing relief goods. And therefore we are very thankful for countries that pledged assistance to us,” he said.
“It lifts our spirits. We know that many countries are willing to help us. It’s a big consolation for us,” he added.
Aside from this, many international organizations have also committed their assistance, Lacierda said.
These organizations include the United Nations Children’s Fund , Doctors without Borders, Oxfam, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, he noted.
The Palace official likewise thanked Filipinos here and abroad “who have chosen to volunteer and have banded together to help the Philippines back home.”
“Yan ay isang malaking kagaanan sa ating kalooban [This greatly lifts our spirits],” he said. “In spite of the struggles, we know that we are not alone.”
Meanwhile, Lacierda echoed President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s call to people to stay calm and pray.
“Let’s cooperate among ourselves and together with the international assistance that have been given to us, we will prevail and we shall overcome this tragedy,” he added. CATHERINE S. VALENTE