More foreign donations pour in for quake areas

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Foreign donations continue to pour in for earthquake victims in Central Visayas .

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Japan, Australia and Taiwan were the latest to give aid to the quake victims. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO), on behalf of Taiwan, donated $100,000 for relief operations in Bohol, Cebu, and Western Visayas.

Ambassador Raymond L.S. Wang handed the check Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman during simple turnover rites on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Australian embassy said its officials visited the provinces of Bohol and Cebu on Oct. 29 and 30.

Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell visited Cebu City. He toured the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de Jesus and met with partners and beneficiaries of his government’s aid programs, the Fair Trade Shop operated by the Southern Partners and Fair Trade Center Inc and the Balay Dangpanan Crisis Center for Women and Children ran by the Venue for Initiative and Genuine Development Foundation Inc.

Minister Counsellor for Australian Aid Layton Pike also visited areas hardest hit by the quake in Bohol, including the municipality of Loon where he led the distribution of relief supplies from the Australian government.

Pike also inspected the extent of the quake’s damage on gravel roads that were previously rehabilitated by the Australian-funded Provincial Roads Management Facility (PRMF).

Australia’s package of support includes P44 million in pre-positioned supplies such as family survival kits containing sleeping mats, mosquito nets and water containers through the Philippine Red Cross, rice through the World Food Program and health and dignity kits for women through the UN Population Fund.

Australia will also provide P40 million for critical relief needs identified by the UN Action Plan such as shelter, water and sanitation and early recovery activities. Another P40 million will be to replenish pre-positioned supplies with partners.

The Japanese government, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency, is also extending P16.7 million worth of relief goods in response to the request of the Philippines.

The 7.2 quake left 222 people dead.

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