• US donates P6.5M to typhoon victims


    THE United States donated about P6.5 million ($150,000) for Albay and Sorsogon residents affected by Typhoon Glenda.

    “On behalf of the American people, we extend our deepest condolences for the devastation and loss of life caused by Typhoon Glenda. The US government stands ready to assist the Philippine authorities in helping affected families bounce back from this tragedy,” US Ambassador Philip Goldberg said.

    The embassy’s United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) will work with World Vision International to distribute 600 shelter return kits containing galvanized iron sheets, plywood, nails, blankets, mosquito nets and plastic mats to help families rebuild homes damaged during the storm.

    Goldberg also commended the efforts of the national and local governments and the cooperation of communities which helped to minimize the loss of life before during the storm.

    “We will continue to work with our counterparts to help the Philippines mitigate, prepare for, and respond to natural disasters as we work on achieving inclusive and resilient growth,” he added.

    On July 17, the US announced a P107.5 million ($2.5 million) donation to help make communities resilient to flood and other disaster events in Metro Manila.

    The support, provided through Usaid, will make training and other forms of assistance available to communities in 15 high-risk, flood-prone villages in Rizal and the National Capital Region (NCR), directly benefiting an estimated 43,200 people.


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