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– November 15, 2013
U.S. Marine C130 planes carrying international donations from United Nations have successfully landed in Samar and U.S troops were ordered not to allow Philippine politicians to touch the relief goods.
Department of Foreign Affairs or (DFA) confirms and assures that these relief supplies and aid will not pass through any Philippine government agencies.
“So far, except for Indonesia, all international donors that have pledged monetary donations are coursing the money through their aid agencies, or through NGOs, charitable institutions, and foundations of their choice,” DFA Spokesman Raul Hernandez stated in a press briefing on November 13. He explained that donations will go through different channels and systematic process.
“Furthermore, pledges of financial support were subject to the rules and processes of the donating government or agency. Therefore, it takes time for the actual funds to be released to the recipients,” he stated.
The international community considers DFA as their first point of contact regarding their pledges, then the information is passed to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC ) and other units involved in relief efforts.
Donations in-kind were turned to NDRRMC and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Some donors are reported to have started the distribution of their relief goods directly to affected communities, while the European country Belgium have deployed teams for medical and search and rescue operations to badly hit areas.
On Tuesday, United Nations Undersecretary General Valerie Amos arrived in the country to launch and implement the UN Action Plan for Typhoon Yolanda.
“Trying to get to #Tacloban. Stuck at airport. People can’t take any more. We need to get the aid in but weather against us,” she wrote from her twitter account noting the difficulty of bringing the aid to the people to target areas due to bad weather.Published in