US Gov’t boost for Typhoon Pablo response

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DAVAO CITY, 18 January 2013–The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has allocated an additional PhP164 million (US$4 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to further boost the Philippine Government’s Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) response.  This brings the total U.S. Government commitment to the Pablo humanitarian response to PhP508.4 million (US$12.4 million).

This latest contribution, given through the Emergency Food Security Program of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, enabled WFP to purchase 3,400,000 kilograms (3,400 metric tons) of rice enough to feed 170,000 people for two months, as well as to roll out cash-for-work activities.

Today in Davao, U.S. Embassy Manila’s USAID/Philippines Mission Director Gloria D. Steele, Mindanao Development Authority Executive Director Janet Lopoz, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Priscilla Razon, and WFP Country Director Stephen Anderson led the handover of an initial 1,750,000 kilograms (1,750 metric tons) of rice at the DPWH Depot in Barangay Panacan.  The balance of the contribution is expected to be handed over in February.

“This additional support will help thousands of affected Mindanaoans recover from the impact of the disaster and enable them to rebuild their lives,” Director Steele said.

The U.S. assistance will complement DSWD and WFP early recovery activities for affected communities through the cash-for-work (CFW) program, which will be rolled out in areas where local markets are functioning properly. CFW aims to address immediate food security needs, while also stimulating the local economy in affected areas by giving communities the ability to purchase food items of their choice from the market.

“WFP warmly welcomes this timely and generous cash donation from the U.S. Government, which will greatly boost our ability to flexibly support the Government of the Philippines in this enormous task of helping families and communities severely affected by Typhoon Bopha,” said WFP Country Director Anderson.

This latest rice contribution from USAID is in addition to 2,100,000 kilograms (2,100 metric tons) of rice valued at PhP106.6 million (over US$2.5 million), which was announced on December 21, 2012 by U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Brian L. Goldbeck noted that “we are pleased to support the families and communities in typhoon-affected areas who are trying to return to their normal lives.  We will continue to work closely with the Philippine Government to respond to their needs.” (Ref:  Public Affairs Office, US Embassy in Manila)

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