PIA Press Release
Monday, January 09, 2012
Sendong victims to receive additional cash assistance
QUEZON CITY, Jan 9 (PIA) -- Victims of the recent floods caused by tropical storm Sendong will receive an additional $1.9 million (P83.9 million) from the United States government through the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. said, “USAID’s assistance will be used to support continuing relief operations as well as early recovery and rehabilitation efforts to help disaster victims get back on their feet and reclaim their lives.”
This contribution will be used for emergency procurement of classroom furniture and equipment, reference materials, education supplies, and student kits. It will also fund the repair of damaged schools and small-scale infrastructure projects to help restart economic activity in the affected barangays. The distribution of clean water and hygiene kits will also be supported through funding provided by Catholic Relief Services and Plan International.
Along with the financial contribution of $2.8 million, USAID is collaborating with the Department of Health in providing health awareness materials to ensure the well-being of flood victims housed in evacuation centers.
USAID Mission director Gloria D. Steele said, “We will continue our coordination with concerned Philippine government agencies to identify areas where the U.S. government can provide further assistance.” (RJB/AKG-PIA NCR/US Embassy)