PH thanks int’l community for aid to ‘Odette’ stricken communities

Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles on Wednesday, Dec. 22, said the Philippines is grateful for the pledge of support from several countries, international organizations, and development partners for communities hard-hit byTyphoon Odette (international name Rai) in Visayas and Mindanao.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles speaks during the Dec. 22, 2021 press conference. (PCOO/Facebook)

The Palace official confirmed that they promised monetary, logistical, and humanitarian support.

Odette flattened tourist spots, residences, public infrastructures, and business districts as it ravaged the two regions through nine landfalls from Thursday evening to Friday afternoon last week.

“We are, likewise, grateful to our friends in the international community, partners, and allies for their offers of assistance,” he said during a virtual press briefing.

The countries and agencies include Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the United Nations, and the State of Qatar.

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“Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyo (Thank you very much to all of you),” Nograles said.

“These are the countries and we expect a lot more countries and development partners and allies to come to our aid and help our kababayans na lubos na naapektuhan ng (fellowmen who are deeply affected by) Typhoon Odette,” the noted.

US Embassy in the Philippines Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Heather Variava said that the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing P10 million in “immediate assistance” for the food and shelter of the typhoon victims.

China, on the other hand, will donate $1 million while South Korea will donate $2 million worth of humanitarian assistance and an additional $50,000 worth of in-kind donation to the relief response.