THE United States, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than P450 million ($8 million) in additional funding to strengthen disaster preparedness and response in the Philippines’s vulnerable communities.
The new grant will primarily enhance typhoon preparedness and develop resilient livelihood strategies in the regions of Bicol, CARAGA, and Eastern Visayas. It will also fund partnerships with the private sector to help ensure the continuity of businesses and other critical services, such as energy and water, after disasters.
Additionally, USAID’s assistance will train personnel from the Office of Civil Defense, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, as well as other relevant government agencies in setting up post-disaster logistics, emergency shelters, and emergency telecommunications.
The agency will also work with local government units in Eastern Samar and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to set up referral systems for children’s welfare and protection during mishaps.
“Strong typhoons came earlier than expected this year, and we’re reminded of how vulnerable many Philippine communities are to the impacts of natural disasters,” said USAID Philippines Mission Director Ryan Washburn. “We are proud of our partnership with the Philippine government to help the Filipino people prepare for and respond to disasters.”
The US is a key partner of the Philippine government in preparing for and responding to disasters, as well as delivering life-saving humanitarian assistance. Since 2010, USAID has provided approximately P17 billion ($372 million) in disaster-relief and recovery aid, as well as boosted the disaster risk-reduction capacity of over 100 cities and municipalities in the Philippines.