The American people, through the United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) gave out P43 million ($100,000) in relief efforts for victims of flooding and landslides in Zambales and Bataan.
Both provinces suffered massive damage from the southwest monsoon intensified by Typhoon Odette.
Said Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr., “On behalf of the US government and the American people, we extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to those who have lost their loved ones, homes and livelihood. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected.”
The assistance will provide for immediate relief items including hygiene kits and water purification supplies for up to 10,000 displaced and other affected people.
“I would like to commend the bayanihan spirit demonstrated by the communities in helping those in need. We will work with our Philippine government counterparts to boost their relief efforts and help the victims overcome this tragedy,” the ambassador remarked.
Over the past five years, Usaid has provided P3.4 billion in humanitarian assistance to help the Philippines cope with the effects of disasters through mechanisms to adapt, respond to, and prepare for these incidents.