US, Japan, Canada, EU offer help for ‘Pablo’ victims

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This picture taken on December 5, 2012 shows a Red Cross volunteer (C, bottom) giving first aid to a seated rescued soldier (L) in the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha in New Bataan, Compostela Valley in the southern Philippines on December 5, 2012. At least 325 people were killed and hundreds remain missing in the Philippines following the deadliest typhoon to hit the country this year, the civil defence chief said on December 6. AFP PHOTO / Karlos Manlupig

MANILA, Philippines – The United States has offered $100,000 for disaster relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of the destruction brought by Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha).

In a statement, the US embassy in Manila said the grant, made available through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), would be given to the non-profit organization Catholic Relief Services.

The statement quoted Chargé d’ Affaires Brian Goldbeck as saying that teams from the USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and USAID Philippines would conduct humanitarian assessments in typhoon-affected areas, including Davao and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao, Negros Oriental Province in the Visayas, and Palawan Province in Luzon in the coming days to determine where the assistance was most needed.

Latest reports had noted that over 200,000 people were affected after the strongest storm to hit the country battered Visayas and Mindanao Tuesday. At least 325 people were reported dead, while hundreds were missing and injured.

In an earlier statement, Goldbeck offered the US’ condolences for the destruction brought by the typhoon, and expressed the government’s support for local officials’ efforts to prevent and reduce its impacts.

The embassy noted that the US had been a key partner of the Philippines in providing immediate humanitarian response during natural calamities.

“In 2012, USAID/OFDA provided over US$4.1 million for disaster risk reduction activities in the Philippines,” it said.

Meanwhile, Japan on Thursday also vowed to support Philippine victims for the flood, saying that it would extend any necessary assistance.

A statement from the Japanese embassy in Manila said that Japanese government officials Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba sent letters on Wednesday to  President Benigno Aquino III and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario expressing their condolences and sympathies for the Filipino flood victims.

Canada and the European Union had earlier sent the Philippines their messages of support and pledges of aid .

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  • 100% freedom of navigation

    Thank you Canada, Japan, USA and EU for the help to my countrymen who were severely affected by typhoon Pablo. Thank you for being so kind-hearted. You are what makes this world a place to keep going even when we are in some of the most difficult situations in our lives.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKE56ZWNI2XKEVVLZQGRWG7WBI BURADOR—Phil. Voice

    And where is CHINA where Philippines HELPED 200,000 dollares on EARTHQUAKE victims—-?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W76YPENWLH6HJ65K2BFB75T3PI Andrew Pc

      Wow, you sound like someone who is out to collect some long over-due debt rather than one who hope others would extend some helping hand in needing time like this. very peculiar indeed.

      Anyway, maybe that 200,000 dollars donation is return in kind for donation or help from China over the years…..e.g. the 8 mobile clinics worth 2 Million USD donated to Philippine in Dec year 2010..etc…etc..

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKE56ZWNI2XKEVVLZQGRWG7WBI BURADOR—Phil. Voice

        Andrew—STUPID remarks
        It ios POLITICAL—China will IGNORE the DEVASTATION and will NOT give a HELPING HAND in Mindanao as LONG as Philippines STAND FIRM on its CLAIM in SACARBURO shoals——–

      • Herbert Carolino

        SACARBURO TALAGA OH..NYAHAHAI!

    • opinyonlangpo

      Amusing. Talking as if Philippines lending money to China, hope the interest is not too much. Is the repayment overdue?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKE56ZWNI2XKEVVLZQGRWG7WBI BURADOR—Phil. Voice

        opinionlangpo—–NAIV remarks——CHINA is MISSING to HELP typhoon victims in Mindanao because of Philippine FIRM stand in SCARBURO shoals—-

      • opinyonlangpo

        Possibly, lets hope they will not link it to humanitarian issues.

  • http://twitter.com/CJirch charlie jirch

    . . . the Filipino People extends their thanks to the country like USA, Canada, Japan and the EU for supporting and helping the calamity stricken regions in the Southern Philippines. . .  again thanks you very much. . . .

  • opinyonlangpo

    Any help should be welcome in times of disaster. Its what makes nations humane, helping each other.

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Thank you ….
    Arigato …
    Merci Beaucoup …
    and many Thanks once more …

  • DakuAkongUtin

    For all kayumangmangs, USA even has to borrow money to use it to help the Pino  survivors and get the credit. 

    • NoWorryBHappy

       Get a life.

  • simplewatcher

    It’s not how much they can give,it’s how much they can afford.$5 million from Australia,$100,000.from US.(down below me is non cents)

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