Thursday, May 3, 2018

US to give more P182-M donation for Marawi displaced residents

United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim at the Kapihan sa Embahada on Thursday / Photo from PNA (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - United States Ambassador Sung Kim on Thursday made an announcement that US is providing an additional PHP182 Million assistance for Marawi conflict victims.

This additional amount brings the total contribution of US government to nearly PHP1.4 billion, through US Agency for International Development (USAID), to help in total recovery of the war-torn Marawi city.

"Together with our partners on the ground, we will build transitional shelters, repair water and sanitation facilities, provide social support, establish safe spaces to protect women and children from exploitation and violence, and, hopefully, in the process, also help jumpstart the local economy," the US Ambassador told the reporters at the US Embassy in Manila.

Sometime in January, the embassy also allocated an additional PHP330 million to support young women and men to enhance their job skills and attain livelihoods.

Through USAID, the United States has been a key partner of the government when it comes to recovery, stabilization, and rehabilitation of Marawi and its neighboring cities that were affected by war.

Part of USAID’s early assistance includes restoration of water access and distributing desks for schools where displaced students are enrolled.

The US agency also provided health clinics in Marawi, as well as its surrounding areas, with supplies and services to combat diseases such as Tuberculosis and to be able to give support to mothers, newborn, and other child health needs.

The beneficiaries of temporary shelters in Marawi city uploaded by NHA in January 2018

Source: PNA