28 December 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Philippine Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez welcomes the US Government’s announcement of its USD 19 million relief assistance, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines, to Typhoon Odette (internationally known as Typhoon Rai) victims. This additional assistance follows the US Government’s earlier donation amounting to USD 1.2 million.
“We deeply appreciate the generous humanitarian assistance from the US Government following the destruction and desolation left behind by Typhoon Odette. This relief package will definitely alleviate the plight of the typhoon’s victims, especially during this holiday season. The Philippines has benefited immensely from its long-standing partnership with the United States in the area of disaster relief, reduction, and recovery.” said Ambassador Romualdez.
The U.S. Government’s donations will greatly support the communities affected by Typhoon Odette and the Philippine Government’s disaster response and recovery efforts. Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos found themselves homeless and in need of shelter, food and water this holiday season after Typhoon Odette struck the Philippines last 16 December. Odette was the 15th typhoon that hit the Philippines this year.
The U.S., through the USAID Philippines, has actively and consistently supported the Philippines during calamities and disasters through humanitarian assistance and capacity building. ###