• Philippines’ Asean neighbors send more aid


    Countries boosted relief aid for the Philippines amid the resounding cry for help of typhoon victims.

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) sent relief goods to the Visayas.

    In posts on its Twitter account, the Asean Secretariat said the relief items include those from Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.

    Even Vietnam, which had been affected by Yolanda, will donate $100,000 to the Philippines to support emergency relief efforts.

    Indonesia will send 75 tons of blankets, floor mats and food items via six C-130 planes.

    Malaysia is also sending a C-130 plane loaded with food, water, and tarpaulins to Tacloban City to assist the victims.

    Brunei, on the other hand, will send bottled water and food items to the Office of Civil Defense in Manila for distribution.

    The Japanese government boosted its relief assistance as it announced an additional $10-million emergency grant aid and $607,000-worth of relief goods.

    A statement from the Japanese Embassy in Manila said the $10 million emergency grant aims to support “humanitarian assistance activities through international organizations.”

    “In the face of the serious damages and in light of strong bonds existing between Japan and the Philippines as strategic partners, the government of Japan is providing these emergency humanitarian assistance for those affected,” the embassy said.

    China gave an additional $100,000 on Wednesday.

    In his letter of condolences to President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Chinese President Xi Jinping extended his “heartfelt sympathies” and “profound condolences” to the victims of the typhoon and the Filipino people as well.

    “May the Philippine people overcome the disaster and rebuild their homeland at an early date,” he said.

    Turkey also sent 65 tons of humanitarian aid consisting of family tents, blankets, and kitchen sets.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip directed Deputy Prime Minister Besir Ataly to fly the goods to Manila.

    Atalay stressed the need for international solidarity in times of disasters. He said Turkey will also dispatch a team of medics to typhoon-ravaged areas.

    Bernice Camille V. Bauzon, Kristyn Nika M. Lazo and Catherine Valente


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