MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The US government has donated an additional P17.5 million to aid rehabilitation efforts for the ecosystem and communities in areas hit hard by Typhoon Odette, also known as Rai, which hit the Philippines’ southern and central regions in mid-December.
This additional funding will help local organizations analyze the degree of damage to ecosystems and wildlife habitats, improve their resilience and recovery, and help farmers, fishermen, and indigenous peoples whose livelihoods were ruined by the typhoon.
Moreover, with this additional funding, the US government’s overall aid for Typhoon Odette relief and recovery operations now amounts at nearly PHP1.1 billion (USD21.54 million).
Siargao Island, Dinagat Islands, Palawan, Cebu, Bohol, Southern Leyte, and mainland Caraga will each get P2.5 million to develop programs that will prevent long-term damage and environmental threats.
The purpose is to restore coastal and terrestrial ecosystems, promote disaster risk reduction and management measures, rebuild livelihoods through biodiversity-friendly businesses, and provide incentives to local communities who assist with the restoration.
The US will continue to partner with the Philippines to respond to natural disasters and assist Filipinos with recovery efforts.
Meanwhile, China has donated over P10 million to help those affected by Tropical Storm Agaton, also known as Megi, which hit the Philippines last week. – WhatALife!
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