Negros Oriental has received around $200,000, or P8 million, worth of relief items from the United States Agency for International Development for residents affected by typhoon Sendong and the 6.9-magnitude earthquake, its acting deputy chief of mission, Robin Diallo, said recently.
She said the U.S. extended more than $500 million worth of relief assistance all over the country.
She said the assistance was aside from the joint humanitarian mission of the U.S. and Philippine Armed Forces that was successfully conducted from March 4-9 in Negros Oriental.
Diallo said they have also improved the interoperability and disaster readiness of both armed forces, and the continuing effort to build and strengthen the relationship of the two countries.
Amlan Mayor Bentham dela Cruz said “if not for Sendong, we would not have been together for the Operation Pacific Angels.”
“After the calamity, something good has happened with the manifestation of support from various agencies. The trait to help is not only a Filipino characteristic but also that of the Americans,” he added.
Gov. Roel Degamo lauded the outreach mission and said he hopes that “PacAngel” will return in happier times.
A total of 6,885 Negrenses benefitted from the humanitarian mission.
Lt. Son Lee of the PacAngel Mission said they overshoot their target of 4,500 beneficiaries, and they turned over medical supplies and eyeglasses to concerned local government units and the 302 nd Brigade for future relief assistance.*JG
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