Nasugbu, Batangas, Jan. 22, 2020 — US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim announced the provision of Php 5.1 million ($100,000) in US government support to communities affected by the January 12 Taal volcanic eruption.
The announcement was made during the US ambassador’s visit to a school serving as an evacuation center in Nasugbu, Batangas on Wednesday / Jan. 22, 2020.
Ambassador Kim was joined by the Philippines Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) partners in distributing supplies to evacuees in Calatagan.
With this new funding, the US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) partner World Vision, is providing relief supplies including soap, sleeping mats, and blankets, to nearly 7,600 people in the Nasugbu West Central School evacuation center in Batangas.
During his visit, the ambassador spoke with families who were forced to evacuate their homes.
“I’m inspired by the strength and resilience of these families who faced such devastation and loss following the volcanic eruption. As friends, partners, and allies to the Philippines, we will continue to support our Philippine government counterparts as they work to address the needs of those communities most affected by the eruption,” Kim said.
In Calatagan, Ambassador Kim thanked PDRF companies for their assistance to evacuees.
“I have been very encouraged to see the private sector – American companies alongside Philippine companies – mobilize to address urgent needs of communities following the Taal volcanic eruption.” PDRF is a major private sector vehicle and coordinator for disaster management in the Philippines.
This newly announced US assistance complements existing support to transport emergency supplies to evacuees, provide technical assistance to manage evacuation centers, and loan specialized equipment and analytic support to monitor the Taal volcano.
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