Aus­tralia gives P60–M aid for dis­as­ter, con­flict vic­tims

The Philippine Star - - NATION - By HE­LEN FLORES

Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull turned over on Mon­day around P60 mil­lion in re­lief sup­plies and funds for the vic­tims of the fight­ing in Marawi and nat­u­ral calami­ties.

The sup­plies in­clude tents, sleep­ing mats, blan­kets, mos­quito nets, multi-pur­pose ma­l­ong and chil­dren’s toys for 160,000 peo­ple.

“We helped the peo­ple of the Philip­pines in the war in Marawi. Now we’re de­ter­mined to help you win peace...that’s our com­mit­ment,” Turn­bull said in a state­ment.

The Aus­tralian leader, who was in Manila to at­tend the 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions sum­mit and re­lated meet­ings, handed the as­sis­tance to Em­manuel Leyco, Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD) of­fi­cer-in-charge, when he vis­ited the National Re­source Oper­a­tions Cen­ter in Pasay City.

“We wel­come the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment’s con­tin­ued sup­port. With Aus­tralia’s as­sis­tance, the DSWD has strength­ened its dis­as­ter re­sponse by im­ple­ment­ing a more ef­fi­cient sys­tem and reach­ing peo­ple in need more quickly. We look for­ward to our con­tin­ued part­ner­ship as we sup­port the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of con­flict-torn Marawi,” Leyco said.

The re­lief items are part of the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment’s three-year sup­port pro­gram for dis­as­ter re­sponse to the Philip­pines amount­ing to P120 mil­lion.

“Aus­tralia stands ready to sup­port the Philip­pines in times of need,” the Aus­tralian em­bassy said.

The Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment has con­trib­uted P3.37 bil­lion since 2006 to aid vic­tims of dis­as­ters and con­flict.

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