South Korea donates $200,000 for Filipinos displaced by Taal volcanic eruption

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The South Korean government, through its embassy in Manila, donated US$200,000 for the benefit of Filipinos displaced by Taal volcanic eruption.

“The government of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide US$200,000 in humanitarian assistance through the Philippine Red Cross to help about 45,000 people displaced by the eruption of the Philippines’ Taal Volcano that began on January 12,” the Korean embassy said.

It noted that the assistance is expected to contribute to the stabilization of the lives of the displaced people by providing relief supplies in a speedy manner to people staying at shelters due to the volcanic eruption.

The donation was turned over by Ambassador Han Dong-man to Senator Richard Gordon, Chairman of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on January 17, 2020 at the PRC Tower in Mandaluyong City.

Han expressed his deepest sympathies to the people who continue to be adversely affected by the ongoing eruption of Taal Volcano.

The Korean embassy also said that the Korean Government has recently provided humanitarian aid to the Philippines through the Philippine Red Cross to assist communities affected by various natural disasters, including the eruption of Mayon Volcano ($200,000) in February 2018, Typhoon Mangkhut ($300,000) in September 2018, and the earthquake in Mindanao ($100,000) in October 2019.

“The Korean Government also provided assistance($100,000) for civilians displaced by the conflict in Marawi City in July 2017. The Korean Government hopes that the donation of $200,000 for the Filipinos affected by the ongoing Taal Volcano eruption will contribute to the relief efforts,” it added.