A number of countries, including the United States, Japan, China, South Korea, Canada, and Ireland, pledged further assistance help for areas in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Odette.
1. United States
Donation: $200,000 (P10 million)
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing P10 million ($200,000) in emergency assistance to areas affected by Super Typhoon Odette, also known as Super Typhoon Rai.
- $1 million (P50 million) for emergency cash assistance
- 20,000 food packages worth $8 million
- 4.725-M kg of rice
China, for its part, announced that it will provide the Philippine government with an immediate cash assistance of $1 million to help with relief and recovery efforts, in addition to food contributions for the victims in Central Visayas and sections of Mindanao.
China also previously announced that it had delivered 20,000 food packages worth P8 million to those affected by the typhoon, which was the strongest to hit the Philippines this year.
Donations: Generator, camping tents, sleeping pads, portable water container, and tarpaulin/plastic sheet covers
Japan is supplying a generator, camping tent, sleeping pad, portable jerry can/water container, and tarpaulin/plastic sheet covers, according to reports.
The disaster relief products will be dispatched in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, according to the embassy.
Donation: CAD$ 3 million (P120 million)
Canada will also send financial assistance worth up to $3 million Canadian dollars (approximately P120 million) for immediate relief efforts, of which $500,000 or P20 million will be given to the Red Cross, Canada’s International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan said.
The Canadian Embassy’s Canada Fund for Local Initiatives will also provide CAD$50,000 to relief operations in Caraga, according to the embassy.
Donation: €250,000 (P14 million)
Ireland donated €250,000 or approximately P14 million to the UN World Food Programme’s emergency response to Typhoon Odette.
William Carlos, Ireland’s incoming Ambassador to the Philippines, and Brenda Barton, WFP Country Director, paid a visit to the National Resource Operations Center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Pasay City.
WFP will continue to support the DSWD by providing crucial logistics support to damaged areas with the help of Ireland and other donors.
With WFP’s assistance, 70,400 DSWD family food kits have been dispatched to Visayas and Mindanao. DSWD has also received two mobile storage units and a generator for the creation of a logistics hub in Surigao City.
Donation: $500,000 (P25 million)
On Wednesday, Taiwan donated US$500,000 to the Philippines for disaster aid.
According to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office’s Twitter account, the donation was welcomed by Manila Economic and Cultural Office Chairman and Resident Representative Wilfredo Fernandez.
At least 375 people were killed, 56 were missing, and 500 were injured, according to local governments, however, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has provided lower casualty statistics. The death toll from Typhoon Odette has risen to 177, with 275 people injured and 38 people still missing, according to the NDRRMC.
7. South Korea
Donation: $2 million (P100 million) and $50,000 (P2.5 million)
The South Korean government has announced that it will give USD2 million in recovery help and USD50,000 in emergency relief activities.
“We are going to consult with major humanitarian partners. 50K USD will be used as emergency relief action for procuring and delivering rice to those affected by the Typhoon. 2 million USD will aim at supporting recovery efforts to build resilience and restore livelihoods in communities affected by the typhoon,” the Korean Embassy Manila said.
8. New Zealand
Donation: NZ$500,000 (P17 million)
New Zealand has provided a NZ$500,000 donation to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help the organization’s ongoing relief operations.
9. European Union
Donation: €1.7 million (P96 million)
The European Union (EU) has provided initial financing of €1.7 million. The EU’s assistance, which comes from its Acute Large Emergency Response Tool, will be used to cover immediate needs like food, drinking water, shelter, and other necessities.
“[T]he EU stands by the Filipino people in these difficult times and has started to provide emergency relief actions to those affected in close cooperation with our humanitarian partners”, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič said in a statement published Tuesday.
Donation: HUF20 million (P3.05 million)
Hungary donated HUF20 million (about PHP3.05 million) to the typhoon victims and to help in the restoration of Cebu’s damaged churches.
“Hungary is sending 20million HUF (EUR54,000) to the victims of a typhoon which hit the Philippines last week, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Sunday. The Hungary Embassy in Manila is working together with Caritas Manila, Anton CT Pascual, and (Foreign Affairs Secretary) Teodoro Locsin, Jr. after Typhoon Odette,” Hungarian Ambassador to the Philippines Titanilla Tóth said.
Donation: CHF600,000 (P32.6 million)
Switzerland has contributed CHF600,000 (P32.6 million) in humanitarian funds to aid communities hit by Typhoon Odette last week in their rehabilitation efforts.
The donation was passed over to the Philippine Red Cross, according to a statement from the Swiss Embassy.
“Switzerland stands in solidarity with the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Switzerland has contributed 600’000 CHF (32.6 Million PHP) to the Philippine Red Cross over the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Emergency Appeal,” it said in a statement on Wednesday.
12. United Kingdom
Donation: £750,000 (P49.44 million)
Amanda Milling, the UK’s Minister of State for Asia, said on Twitter that the UK has given £750,000 (P49.44 million) to the Philippine Red Cross via the International Federation of the Red Cross.
- 1,000 solar lamps
- 1,000 mosquito nets
- 1,000 plastic tarps
- 200 plastic sheets
The Australian government worked with the Philippine Red Cross to offer pre-positioned emergency supplies, and Australian Ambassador Steve Robinson stated the country was discussing other alternatives with the Philippines.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees offered the aforementioned to displaced families in Siargao and the Dinagat Islands with the help of Australia and other donors.
Donation: P70.4 million (€1.2 million)
IOM’s COVID-19 strategic response and recovery plan worth P70.4 million (€1.2 million) through IOM’s strategic response and recovery plan for COVID-19 for the Philippines. Part of the funds will be redirected for emergency assistance to communities affected by the typhoon.