Australia to give $8.9M in additional aid for Haiyan recovery
MANILA, Philippines – The Australian embassy is giving an additional P403 million (US$8.9 million) in aid for communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
This is following their initial aid of P1.6 billion ($35.5 million) in emergency relief in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. The Australian military also provided logistical support and classroom rehabilitation as part of its relief operations. (READ: AusAID gives P31-M to DSWD)
In a statement issued on Tuesday, March 25, Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell announced the increased aid.
Tweddell, along with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sec. Dinky Soliman, visited Eastern Visayas on March 25 to get an update on the ongoing recovery and rehabilitation efforts. The Australian delegation conducted an ocular inspection of Motocross Bunkhouses in Brgy. Caibaan, Tacloban City housing 516 families, and the permanent shelter site at Brgy. Pago, Tanauan, Leyte. (READ: Gov't hit for delayed Haiyan shelters)
Where will it go?
At least P162 million ($3.5 million) has been allocated to livelihood projects for 450,000 people while P121 million ($2.6 million) will go to construct or fix 75 classrooms and day centers. (READ: Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan): Aid, donations from int'l community)
Some P40 million ($889,600) will be allotted to helping 336 communities in Leyte and Eastern Samar build back their homes and to teaching them how to be more disaster resilient through multi-hazard mapping, improved land use planning and building codes. The aid will also go to establishing early warning systems and emergency response teams
Another P40 million will be for UN agencies to restock prepositioned supplies disbursed during the 2013 disasters, including dignity kits, rice and high energy biscuits.
Up to P40 million will be allocated to bringing in Australian technical experts to support the planning, implementation and coordination of recovery and reconstruction activities.
Lastly, Australia will also provide P808 million ($17.9 million) to build roughly 500 classrooms in affected areas, as part of the BEST (Basic Education Sector Transformation) program.
The Australian embassy is coordinating with the DSWD, and the Philippine government to ensure that the amount will reach those who need it most. – Rappler.com