'Yolanda' aid from foreign nations reaches P10.6-B

Posted at 11/18/2013 6:10 PM | Updated as of 11/18/2013 6:10 PM

MANILA - Foreign governments have donated over $248 million to help victims of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.

In a press statement, the DFA said international assistance for the relief and rehabilitation efforts in areas affected by Yolanda as of November 17 has reached USD248,032,000 or P10,665,376,000.

It said the matrix tracks only official government assistance and excludes donations from non-government entities.

(click to read matrix here)

Data from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma earlier said the government is setting up a web portal that allows the public to monitor foreign assistance to the country in response to calamities.

Coloma said the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH) website tracks how foreign aid coming in for Yolanda survivors is being spent. The site can be accessed at www.gov.ph/faith.

"We are launching it - the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub or FAiTH. Let me clarify that as well, the government is able to account fully for all the money it directly receives kasi there are donations, assistance channeled to private institutions and Red Cross," he said in an interview on ANC's Headstart.

"At the end of the whole exercise we could have a total map of the total amount of aid and how they have been channeled," he said.

He said that by law, US corporations cannot directly donate to foreign governments because there is lobbying and conflict-of-interest concerns.

The Philippine government is also studying the possibility of creating a single multi-currency treasury account that will be accept all foreign donations from overseas Filipino workers and Filipino associations abroad.

Budget Secretary Butch Abad said overseas Filipinos could simply go to an embassy of the Philippines, make their contributions to the multi-currency account, get a receipt of the donation and see the donation uploaded on the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub or FAiTH web portal.

Abad said the FAiTH monitoring team includes the Department of Budget and Management, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Finance, Commission on Audit, Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the Presidential Management Staff and the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office under the Office of the President.

He said COA will exercise oversight over the facility.