USAID gives $3.5 M emergency aid to PH post-typhoon recovery efforts

Published November 25, 2020, 11:13 AM

by Roy Mabasa

White House National Security Adviser (NSA) Robert C. O’Brien has announced that the United States, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing approximately $3.5 million in additional emergency assistance to support the Government of the Republic of the Philippines as it continues to respond to the after-effects of Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni).

An aerial view shows destroyed and flooded houses after super Typhoon Goni hit the town of Malinao, Albay province, south of Manila on November 1, 2020.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the USAID said the latest assistance is in line with the reiteration made by O’Brien that the United States stands with the Filipino people during this difficult time.

O’Brien was in Manila on Monday for the formal turnover of defense weapon systems to the Philippine government. 

According to USAID, the new funding is on top of the $200,000 it earlier provided shortly after Typhoon Rolly made landfall in Bicol on November 1, 2020. 

This assistance brings the total humanitarian funding pledged by the US Government to support the response to the storm in the Philippines to approximately $3.7 million.

The additional funding seeks to finance humanitarian partners on the ground to provide emergency shelter, safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation, and other immediate assistance to help affected families meet their urgent needs.

USAID’s disaster-preparedness partners on the ground continue to support the national government’s response to Typhoon Rolly such as the World Food Programme (WFP) that is providing logistical support by transporting relief supplies to affected areas.

With funding from USAID, the International Organization for Migration has been distributing emergency-shelter materials, training local staff of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who are managing emergency evacuation centers, and providing family-size modular tents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the centers.

USAID further said that its Manila-based disaster experts and the USAID Regional Mission in Bangkok are coordinating the US response to the active typhoon season in the Pacific.