Australia donates P31.6M to Mayon affected families

Australia donates P31.6M to Mayon affected families

The Aussies are doing it again.

August last year the Australian government committed A$20 million or  nearly P800 million worth of assistance for the rehabilitation Marawi City over the next four years. It was one of the first foreign governments that has extended its helping hand to the Philippines. It was Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that talked to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that the Australian aid is for the “recovery and long-term peace and stability in the southern Philippines.”

The abrupt explosion of the majestic Mayon in the Bicolanda region has made the Australian prove themselves again to be a friend of the Philippines.  *
PH-Australia relations (Photo credit to owner)

Early this week the Australian government has announced that it will send a humanitarian support for local communities affected by the eruption of Mayon volcano in Albay province.

PHP31.6 million (AUD775,000) worth of assistance will be provided through the Philippines Red Cross to help 30,000 people living in evacuation centres access tarpaulins, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans and hygiene supplies, according to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

As of late the Philippine government has already established much needed precautionary actions regarding the eruption of Mt. Mayon. An exclusion zone around the volcano has taken effect and the evacuation of the surrounding communities has began since the day Mayon began erupting – January 13.

Many evacuees were forced to leave because of the unpredictable Mayon, at short notice they had to leave all their houses and with few or no belongings whatsoever.

As of today (January 25) , government authorities has placed  21, 733 families in Albay that are affected by the continuing eruption of Mt. Mayon.  The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has stated that the 21, 733 families is equivalent to 83, 533 persons.

The affected families are from the  56 barangays in Bacacay, Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao City, Daraga, Tabaco City, Malilipot, Sto. Domingo and Legaspi City. *

The NDRRMC  said that a total of PHP32,989,323.78 worth of assistance was provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Office of Civil Defense ( OCD), Local Government Units (LGUs), and Non-Government Organizations ( NGOs)to the affected families in Albay.

 Report from PNA



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