For Immediate Release
In an expression of concern for the well-being of the people of Zamboanga, the U.S. Embassy is responding to the immediate needs of some 14,000 citizens displaced by the ongoing crisis situation in several areas of the city by designating Pesos 26,400,000 (US$600,000) to provide relief and emergency through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
According to U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr., “The United States has always been there for the Philippines in times of need, and we continue that tradition today for those suffering in Zamboanga.”
Through its local partner Growth With Equity in Mindanao ( GEM), USAID has procured 5,000 bottles of water, 1,500 sleeping mats, blankets, tooth brushes, toothpaste, buckets, and canned goods for distribution to those in need. USAID expects to procure a total of 10,000 units of these items to help meet the needs of evacuees. Additionally, USAID is supporting the local construction of 40 portable toilets and is providing four 500 gallon water tank to ensure better sanitation and access to water for those who have been displaced.
The delivery of these items has been coordinated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police with the support of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P). This coordination of Philippine and U.S. partners for the assistance of people in need, is an example of the close working cooperation between both countries. The items sent were requested by Mayor Climaco of Zamboanga City.
While we continue to pray for calm to prevail and for a peaceful and speedy resolution to this crisis, we are proud to be able to work beside our Philippine colleagues in time of need.
Ambassador Thomas further commented, “I want to commend the people in the local community who are banding together through social media and other means to help their friends and neighbors.”
Last updated: January 12, 2015