MANILA – Malacañang on Wednesday thanked countries and organizations for their support to areas affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette.
Acting presidential spokesman, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said those countries and organizations have pledged financial and in-kind assistance.
“We are also grateful to our friends in the international community, our partners and our allies for their offers of assistance,” Nograles said during a press briefing at the palace. “These 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, between others. “
He said the palace was waiting for more help from other parts of the world.
“These are the countries and we expect many more countries, development partners and allies to come to our aid and help our Kababayans na lubos naapektuhan ng Typhoon Odette (colleagues who were seriously affected by Typhoon Odette), ”he said.
Previously, the Australian government had partnered with the Philippine Red Cross to bolster government-led relief operations.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged to provide financial assistance, including through the Red Cross, to help meet immediate needs on the ground, such as water and sanitation.
China is reportedly providing $ 1 million in emergency cash assistance, along with food packages to the Philippines, according to Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian.
The European Union (EU) has pledged around 1.7 million euros in humanitarian funding to meet immediate needs, such as food, clean water, shelter and other urgent household items.
French Ambassador Michèle Boccoz said the French government “would pool resources from the private sector” with the French Chamber of Commerce and the France-Philippines United Action Foundation.
Japan has pledged to provide disaster assistance, such as generators, tents and mattresses, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
The UK has pledged € 750,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross to help the victims of the typhoon.
The Chargé d’Affaires ai of the US Embassy in the Philippines, Heather Variava, said the United States, through the United States Agency for International Development, is providing immediate aid of $ 10 million. PHP.
The United Nations (UN) Office of the Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs is committed to providing shelter, health care, food and protection, according to the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Philippines, Gustavo Gonzalez. (ANP)