LOOK: Australian Prime Minister Turnbull visits DSWD warehouse

Jee Y. Geronimo
LOOK: Australian Prime Minister Turnbull visits DSWD warehouse
(UPDATED) 'We have helped the people of the Philippines with the war in Marawi, now we're determined to help you win the peace, and that's our commitment,' says Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday, November 13, visited an Australian-funded relief goods warehouse of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“We have helped the people of the Philippines with the war in Marawi, now we’re determined to help you win the peace, and that’s our commitment,” said Turnbull, who is in Manila to attend the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit as a dialogue partner.

Turnbull went to the DSWD National Resource Operations Center on Monday before visiting Australian troops at Camp Aguinaldo. (READ: Australia gives P104 million to DSWD for disaster preparedness)


 

On Monday, Turnbull recalled how President Rodrigo Duterte spoke about the “courageous work” of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in defeating local armed groups in Marawi City.

“He acknowledged the help that we have given, the support to the Philippine’s Armed Forces. We’ve been very pleased to do that, to help the Philippines with the war against terrorism in Marawi,” Turnbull added.

He said Australia is proud to support the Philippines and the government in restoring order and ensuring that people have access to aid. (READ: Australia donates nearly P800 million for Marawi)

“We know that it’s just as important to ensure that the people who have been displaced will return to their homes, and the city is rebuilt,” he added.

DSWD Undersecretary and officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco thanked the Australian government for its grant to the Philippines amounting to P129.4 million.

“We thank the Australian government and the [Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade] for the Support Program for Disaster Response it has put together for the Philippines amounting to AUD3 million or P129.4 million,” Leyco told Rappler in a text message.

He added: “The SPDR grant covers a period of 2015-2017. It included AUD1.5-million worth of relief goods prepositioned at NROC.”

 

Check out these photos from the visit:

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Jee Y. Geronimo

Jee is part of Rappler's Central Desk, handling most of the world, science, and environment stories on the site. She enjoys listening to podcasts and K-pop, watching Asian dramas, and running long distances. She hopes to visit Israel someday to retrace the steps of her Savior.