US renews commitment to Yolanda survivors

June 9, 2014 9:13 pm

The United States government has renewed its commitment to help rebuild Leyte after the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Denise Rollins, acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), led the launching of Washington-funded reconstruction and recovery activities in typhoon-affected areas as part of its bilateral agreement with the Philippine government.

“The US government is committed to help restore normalcy in the lives of affected families. We will continue our work with our Philippine partners to build back the province, make it more resilient to future disasters, and ultimately work towards a more stable, prosperous nation that can achieve broad-based and inclusive growth,” Rollins said.

Accompanied by USAID-Philippines Mission Director Gloria Steele, Rollins has been visiting program sites and meeting with local leaders and families that represent the wide scope of USAID’s work.

In Leyte, the US Embassy Manila’s USAID Rebuild program, which will be implemented in close partnership with the government, focuses on restoring access to education, health services and livelihood activities, and providing technical assistance to the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery.

Leyte government officials attended the launch ceremonies led by Governor Dominic Pe–tilla and Congressman Martin Romualdez at the San Fernando Central School, where the US government will construct a P21 million ($480,000) school building with eight classrooms.

As part of Rebuild’s education component, 165 classrooms will be built and supplied with teaching kits. This will be implemented in close coordination with the Department of Education to address the need for permanent school buildings in Yolanda-affected areas.


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