US gov’t gives assistance to Mindanao flood victims PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 July 2011 16:17

Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. announced the U.S. Government is providing $100,000 in international disaster assistance funds to victims of the recent floods in Cotabato City and Maguindanao in Central Mindanao. 

“Disasters are a time when friends lend one another a helping hand,” the Ambassador said.  “We are working closely with Philippine government agencies to make sure our assistance reaches those who are most in need.”  

The U.S. government contribution is being used to purchase hygiene kits and supplies needed to repair damaged water systems.  The international non-governmental organization, Action Against Hunger, will handle distribution of these resources.   In addition,  approximately $1.1 million of U.S. government-donated  rice and vegetable oil is being distributed by the World Food Program to flood-affected families.  This emergency relief is provided through the good offices of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).