US commits P5.2 million for Mayon emergency assistance

The United States government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is committing PHP5.2 million worth of emergency assistance to address the immediate needs of people most affected by the Mt. Mayon volcanic eruption, the US Embassy in Manila said on February 15.

The US Embassy said USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance will distribute vouchers for families to purchase essential household items and hygiene kits in order to improve living conditions and help prevent illness in evacuation centers.

The program will be in coordination with the Philippine government.

It added that USAID will construct latrines, bathing cubicles, and handwashing stations, as well as promote safe water and hygiene practices through educational materials.

“The U.S. government’s support is a testament to our unwavering partnership with the Philippines,” said Ambassador Sung Kim. “In the last 10 years, the United States has provided nearly $277 million (over Php14.4 billion at today’s exchange rate) in disaster assistance to the Philippines. This assistance has saved lives, alleviated human suffering, and reduced the economic and social impact of disasters.”