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PH envoy to US asks Fil-Americans to give aid to ‘Pablo’ victims

US pledges $3-M aid to evacuees


MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine embassy in the United States has called on Filipino-Americans to lend a helping hand to victims of Typhoon “Pablo” in Mindanao even as it thanked the US government for providing an additional $3 million in humanitarian assistance.

In an urgent appeal, Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr. called on the estimated 4 million members of the Filipino-American community in the US to donate funds to support relief efforts for the victims of the most devastating storm to hit the Philippines this year.

“We call on our kababayans in America to extend a helping hand,” the ambassador said in a statement issued from Manila, where the 3rd Philippine-US Bilateral Security Dialogue has been taking place.

“Our kababayans in Mindanao are badly in need of help. In the spirit of Christmas, we appeal to your kind generosity in helping the affected families,” he added.

Cuisia’s call came in the wake of the announcement by US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. of the additional $3-million assistance from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Thomas said the new assistance, in addition to the $100,000 released by the USAID to the Catholic Relief Services to fund the initial relief efforts, was intended for emergency shelters, logistics, water sanitation, hygiene and provisions for emergency relief commodities in badly stricken areas in Mindanao.

The US Pacific Command has also dispatched two C-130 aircraft based in Okinawa to assist government authorities in ferrying humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies to the disaster-hit areas. Personnel of the US Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines based in Zamboanga City have also been ordered to support disaster-relief operations in the affected areas.

The ambassador thanked Washington for its immediate response to the disaster, saying the assistance would go a long way in helping the victims of the tragedy.

According to the National Disaster Reduction and Risk Management Council (NDRRMC), typhoon Pablo left as many as 647 dead; 1,482 injured; 780 missing; and more than P7-billion in damage during its destructive sweep across Mindanao last week. The typhoon also affected as many as 500,000 families.

Cuisia said that in addition to funds, the victims in the affected areas have been in need of ready-to-eat meals and bottled water. He said members of the Filipino-American Community could send their monetary donations to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center, Department of Social Welfare and Development or the Philippine Red Cross.

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  • arao_liwanag

    Palagi na kami nagbibigay at magbibigay na naman kahit di pagsabihan. Nasaan ang bigay ng mga politiko, negosyante at corporasyong milyonaryo at  billonaryo na Filipino. Wala. Si Enrile, Drillon, Estrada, Villar. Lucio Tan, Gokongwei, Sy, Marcoses, Zobel Ayala, Araneta, Roxas Chua, Mga Bueaucrats at Military Generals na nagpayaman sa govierno, sina Angara mga Filipino Chinese, Mga Loggers, Nasaan na kayo. Tubusin n’yo ang mga kasalanan n’yo sa bayan at magkawanggawa naman kayo. 

    Meralco, PLDT, ABS CBN magbigay ka rin hindi lang taga kolekta ng mga bigay. Nestle, San Miguel, La Tondena, Mga Airline ng Filipino, lahat kayo na mga nagkikinabang sa bansa, Lalo na yong mga nagsasamantala lamang. Nasaan na kayo.

    Ang Administration ni Aquino ito na ang real deal, hindi lang puro dakdak, porma at palakad ladkad, sakang naman. Immobilisa mo ang resources ng bansa. ito na ang bansa nangangailanganng tulong.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W6H5DZKUQTUASP4S6CGTK7B3E4 kevin

      Absolutely correct…….

    • goavan

       150% correct ka diyan

    • kanoy


  • simplewatcher

    Always try our local millionaires first before our ofw.thank you.

  • goavan

    anong klaseng ambassador na no ito?  mga OFW naman ang magbibigay?  eh meron na silang pinapadala na $20BILLION + sa Pinas.  if the gov’t can allocate P40BILLION to a useless CCT program (a doleout) yakang yaka yan ni pnoynoy magrelease ng BILLIONS from his intelligence fund for the specific area afected by the Pablo.  Except kong yung BILLIONS of pesos nakareserve na sa election campaign ng LP.  magbigay naman kayo ng kunti!!!

  • kanoy

    If we EVER shed the RP of these political dynasties that have destroyed us for the past 67 years we could help ourselves….its pathetic that this Aquino administration should ask those who have sacrificed the most,,,,the OFW….to sacrifice even more….then PASS OUT MILLIONS OF PESO TO CONGRESSMEN, SENATORS, REPRESENTATIVES ETC AS CHRISTMAS BONUSES!!!!

  • KenKhoy

    (i-abolish) at yong pork barrel nalang ang gamitin ………..kailangan nga ba ng mga mambabatas nito?…. may mga pet- pet project pa kayo na tinatawag…..iwan kong anong pet ito……..,, kaya nga tawag sa inyo mambabatas…. hindi pork butcher——matador …. mangkakatay ng karne…..

  • kimo211

    palagi  naman  kaming  tumutulong,,,kahit  bumagyo  ng  madalas   diyan  sa  pinas,,,  yong  pong  mga  mayayaman  at  mga  politico,,,nagbibigay  po  ba  sila,,,,,at  ang  mga  ipinanadadalang  tulong namin   nakakarating  po  pa  sa  mga   nabagyo,,,,,?kabibigay  lang  ng  pork  barrel  ng  mga  congressman,,,pakibawasan  lang  po  ng  10%  para  iukol  sa  mga  nasalanta,,,,yong  pong  mga  ladies  nila,,,,medyo  kaunting  hinay  po  ang  pagshopping,,,,  parang  mga  reyna  dito   sa  vegas,,,shopping  mall…pati  yaya  po  yata  ay  kasama,,,taga  bitbit  ng mga shopping   materials.

  • joboni96

    syang tama
    pilipino bayanihan

    syang mali
    inquirer as u.s. propaganda machine

  • DakuAkongUtin

    Ang daming pera in dolyares ng  PInas galing remittances from OFWs. Saan na mga yan ? Bakit palaging umaasa sa labas ? Dios Ko Santisima, diba dapat ang emergency funds dapat ipagalaw na ngayon ?

    Hoy , mga tagalegs at Ilocandios na nasa national Govt, kayo ang humahawak sa pera ng Bayan, saan na mga dolyares ? Saan na ang mga emergency funds?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Why not ask (or tell them) ang bawat congressman at senators na ibigay ang 10% ng pork barrel nila sa mga biktima ni Pablo sa halip na mapunta lang sa bulsa nila?
    Isa pa hulihin ang mga utak ng illegal loggers at kunin ang kanilang nakaw na yaman. Nampusa kung hindi nila pinagpuputol ang mga punu sa kagubatan diyan kahit papano bawas ang salanta. Alam niyo naman kung sino ang mga yan e.

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