U.S. Charge d’Affaires to the Philippines Leslie A. Bassett announced the delivery and donation of relief supplies to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in response to the crisis caused by Tropical Storm Ondoy and Typhoon Pepeng.
A specially chartered plane arrived today carrying soap, hygiene kits containing laundry and toiletry supplies, and plastic water containers worth approximately 12 million Pesos (US $250,000).
This assistance is provided in coordination with the Philippine Government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).
“We continue to work closely with the Philippine Government and relief organizations,” said the Chargé d’Affaires, “to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to help the people affected by the recent storm.”
This donation is in addition to the US $4 million that USAID provided in grants to various relief organizations and a previous donation of relief supplies worth US $400,000 to the Philippine National Red Cross.
In addition to the donation to IOM, medical teams consisting of U.S. and Philippine military personnel have been providing medical assistance to flood victims at evacuation centers. U.S. military personnel also brought food, clothing, water, and other needed supplies and equipment such as bulldozers, cargo trucks, transport vehicles, and heavy-lift helicopters to assist with relief efforts.#