UK offers $ 500,000 for ‘Pablo’ victims



MANILA, Philippines – The United Kingdom (UK) has offered P22 million ($500,000) for relief efforts in the wake of typhoon “Pablo,” the worst storm to hit the Philippines this year.

The announcement was made Wednesday by UK Minister Hugo Swire, who is in the country for a two-day visit meant to improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

Swire had earlier talked about the crisis in Mindanao with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario.

“The damage and loss of life caused by Typhoon Pablo is devastating. Our thoughts are with all those affected and with the Philippines’ emergency services as they lead the recovery work,” Swire had said in an earlier statement.

Latest reports had noted that the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) placed the death toll from the typhoon, which slammed Visayas and Mindanao last week, to 714, with 890 people still missing and more than 1,000 people injured.

An estimated P7.1 billion worth of crops, infrastructure, and properties were also damaged by the typhoon, the agency said.

Meanwhile, Swire’s visit had earlier been noted by the DFA as a “reiteration” of the UK’s policy to reinvigorate its engagement with emerging countries in Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, which the UK considers an “emerging power.”

Swire’s meetings with Aquino, Del Rosario, Finance Secretary Purisima, Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, and Presidential peace adviser Secretary Teresita Deles involved key discussions on how the UK could contribute to the ongoing peace process in Mindanao, and enhancing bilateral trade and investment, the UK’s embassy in Manila said in a statement.

It noted that Swire and del Rosario signed two agreements – a Joint Plan of Action (JPA), which would provide the framework for bilateral directions; and the Air Services Agreements, seen to pave the way for Philippine Air carriers to establish direct flights to UK once the European Union (EU) flight ban on the Philippines is lifted.

“Seeing first-hand the growth and policy dynamism in the Philippines has reinforced why this is an exciting time for UK / Philippines relations. Our shared values such as respect for democracy, human rights and the promotion of free trade and investment  mean that we are very compatible markets,” Swire was quoted as saying in the statement.

” I will return to the UK determined to increase awareness of the good things that are happening here, the strong appetite for more British trade and investment particular in infrastructure, health and education and committed to working with friends and partners in the Philippines to realise the great potential,” Swire added.

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  • maylah1969

    DSWD should make a list of children who were orphaned including their bio in this calamity and post them in their website. Purpose is for people who wish to become foster parents and adapt these children and care for them until they become educated and independent on their own.

  • bugoybanggers

    Sa dami na ng tulong.. galing EU,UK.US.JPN,Indonesia, AUSTRALIA at marami pang iba. Isama pa ang kay PM (Pakyaw Money). Aabot na sa halos 100M USD, pwede ng magpatayo ng 3 bayan. Pero kung makikita mo sa balita, gutom na gutom pa rin. Hindi pa rin nagawa ang mga dapat.. marami pang kulang o kulang talaga. NASAAN NA PO BA ANG 100M USD? Hindi pa ba nalilipat sa account ng PILIPINAS o ipinapa interesan pa? Nakakaduda na kayo.. baka umabot na ng 300M USD na sa suma tutal? WALA pa rin? Hindi pa rin UMEEPEKTO?

    • DakuAkongUtin

       Alam mo naman ang naghahawag sa mga pera yan ay ang DFA. SInong nagmomonitor kundi wala pero sila lang. Pupumunta yan sa mga petaka ng mga opisyales natin.
      The generosity of outside help will only land in the dirty hands of officials na nasa Luzon at hindi sa probinsya.  Mga tagaleglegs at ilocandios ang nakahawag sa budget at donations sa gobyerno. ANg kawawang taga Mindanao at Visayas ay walang imik at at a lost. At the mercy of the Luzonian tribes or northern tribes.

      CHina knows this modus operandi ng mga kayumangmangs. Kaya nga $30000 lang ang binigay nila. Th dirty hands of Phil Govt cannot be overstated especially in times like this . The fact they have billions in dollar reserves they can use them .

      • Raul

        Kawawa ang Taong bayan Tsekwa kasi humahawak ng donasyon. kaya negosyo muna ang pera bago bigay. waaaaa balasubas!!!!

    • Raul

      China 30k ang na published ang binigay 3k lang waaaaa. Niluko tayo ng Tsekwa.Lol Ibalik nalang ang binigay. kawaw ang bayab dyan sa mga Tsekwa bandang huliu may utang pa tayo.

  • disqusted0fu

    where are all these monetary support going to??? why are the supplies still not enough?! dont tell me that even money for calamity victims are still being corrupted! so much for a straight path government

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