SoKor pledges P16.2M for Ompong victims, other countries follow suit

SoKor pledges P16.2M for Ompong victims, other countries follow suit




South Korea has once again proven that it is an ally and friend of the Philippines.

The government of Korea has made it public that it would provide $300,000 or about P16.2 million for the victims of typhoon Mangkhut or more known locally as “Ompong.”

Ompong is the strongest typhoon to have it the country this year devastated northern Luzon over the weekend.
Volunteers and rescuers dig into the vast landslide in Itogon, Benguet (photo credit to SunStar)

As of press time there have been seventy plus confirmed victims, which might still go up since others are still missing.

The Korean embassy in Manila said the donation will be properly coursed through the Philippine Red Cross.

"The Korean people and the Government of the Republic of Korea send their sincere condolences to the families of the victims of Mangkhut/Ompong," the Korean embassy said in a statement. 

South Korea is the latest country to offer aid to the Philippines in the wake of Ompong.

Most of the fatalities are because of landslides in the mountainous region of the Cordillera region.

Authorities expect the numbers of the death toll to rise as government and private rescuers acontinue to dig through thick mud with shovels in mining sites to find those still missing.
 
International response

 

Australia
 

The government of Australia said it will be giving A$800,000 (P31 million) in humanitarian assistance for the victims of Ompong.

The same with the Koreans the said donation will be coursed through the Philippine Red Cross, it will include blankets, sleeping mats and hygiene and shelter kits for up to 25,000 people in typhoon-ravaged areas.

 

European Union

 

The European Commission would be sending an emergency aid package worth P125.06M to the victims of the typhoon.

“Our contribution will help provide crucial support to those most in need and help them face the challenges during this time of need," said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides in a statement.

The aid will be used for shelter, emergency relief items distribution, water and sanitation, food security and humanitarian protection for victims of the typhoon Ompong.

Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message of condolences to President Duterte following the onslaught of the super typhoon.

"On behalf of the Japanese government and people, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, and express my sympathy to those who were affected," Abe told Duterte.

The Japanese leader added that Tokyo was ready to provide the "maximum possible assistance including provision of emergency relief goods to the Philippines."

"Like the Philippines, we fully understand the hardship caused by severe damages of typhoons. Japan always stands with the Philippines in overcoming this time of difficulties," Abe said.

United Nations

20,000 bags of rice will be sent by the United Nations World Food Program to be distributed as rations to victims of the typhoon.

"The rice is transported from the National Food Authority in Valenzuela to the DSWD National Resource Operations Center," it said in a statement.

UNITED STATES
"My thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones in the flooding and landslides from Ompong. We are in close contact with the Government of the Philippines, and remain ready to assist," US Ambassador Kim said in a tweet over the weekend.



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