By RICHA NORIEGA, GMA News
Published February 3, 2022 5:39pm
The United States (US) government has provided an additional P51.1 million or $1 million humanitarian assistance to help communities severely hit by Typhoon Odette last year.
The assistance was made through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), bringing the US government support for this response to more than P1.08 billion or $21.2 million.
“As friends, partners, and allies, we will continue to support the Philippines in its post-typhoon recovery,” US Embassy in the Philippines Charg? d’Affaires ad interim Heather Variava said in a statement Thursday.
“This additional assistance will help deliver food and other essential items to communities devastated by the typhoon,” Variava added.
Variava said in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), the USAID and World Food Programme will deploy an additional 300 trucks to transport food and relief supplies in remote areas affected by Odette.
The US has earlier provided an additional P950 million or about $19 million in relief aid to areas devastated by Typhoon Odette in Central Visayas and Mindanao.
With this assistance, the US will provide food aid, water, sanitation, and hygiene programs and shelter assistance to meet emergency needs and help affected communities start rebuilding their homes, the embassy said.–AOL, GMA News