UN official arrives manila to give support


United Nations Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday to personally give support to the Philippine government.

“I am officially here to support the people of the Philippines and the government of the Philippines to address the major, major national disaster,” Amos said upon her arrival on board a Thai Airways flight.

She cited the disaster that ravaged the areas in the Visayas regions last week, that have affecting thousands of families was the sixth disaster that had been in three months that the Philippines is having to be with.

The UN, she said, are going to scale up all its efforts to support the Philippine government. The support is now taking place on the ground.

Amos was pleased that some of the airports in the ravaged areas had been opened and resumed normal operations. She also mentioned that the roads that were difficult to pass are being cleared and the communications are now backed up.

“Am myself was horrified by what I was hearing about people not having food.  They are so desperately hungry,” Amos stressed.

Meantime, Taiwan Representative to the Philippines Raymond Wong said that the Taiwan government delivered ten tons of rice as a relief to the victims of typhoon Yolanda.

Aside from the rice, there are blankets, water, instant noodles, instant rice and other relief goods that have been sent directly to Cebu.

Wong added that this in addition to the $200,000 that was earlier pledge by the Taiwan government. “We pledge to donate to the Philippine government for the relief operations efforts. We will see what more we can do in the future.” BENJIE L. VERGARA


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