US gives P164M more for Typhoon Pablo victims

Posted at 01/18/13 10:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has given an additional P164 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for Typhoon Pablo victims in the Philippines.

This amount helped the WFP to buy 3,400 metric tons of rice to feed 170,000 people for 2 months, as well as to roll out cash-for-work activities, the UN aid agency said.

The  US government has now allocated P508.4 million for Typhoon Pablo victims.

US Embassy Manila's USAID/Philippines Mission Director Gloria 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 metric tons of rice at the DPWH Depot in Barangay Panacan on Friday.

The remaining aid package will be delivered next month.

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

Aside from food needs, local and foreign aid agencies are focused on a cash-for-work (CFW) program for typhoon victims.

"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," the WFP said. 

"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," U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Brian L. Goldbeck said.