United States provides assistance to monsoon victims in Central Luzon

Manila, September 25, 2013—The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing Php4.3 million ($100,000) to assist in the Philippine Government’s relief efforts for victims of flooding and landslides in Zambales and Bataan.  The two provinces suffered massive damage due to the southwest monsoon intensified by Typhoon Odette (international codename: Usagi).

Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. said, “On behalf of the U.S. Government and the American people, we extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to those who have lost their loved ones, homes and livelihoods.  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, the United States, through USAID has provided Php 3.4 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.