The United States government has donated 1.6 million pesos worth of supplies to the Palawan provincial government to support disaster relief preparedness, its embassy in the Philippines said in a statement on Tuesday.
Supplies include tents and other items for shelter, medical and logistical capacity in disaster-induced emergencies.
Palawan, in the west-central part of the Philippines, which is historically not in the usual path of severe typhoons that hit the country, was one of the hardest hit areas when Tropical Cyclone Odette (international name: Rai) hit last December.
“The supplies we have received will certainly be of great help to our ongoing disaster preparedness efforts,” Palawan Governor Victorino Dennis M. Socrates said in a statement.
“We are beyond grateful for this donation.”
The U.S. Embassy’s Civil Affairs Team (CAT) handed over the supplies to the provincial government of Palawan in a ceremony last week.
“The local government of Palawan, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines have been reliable partners in ensuring that our activities and projects are well-coordinated and executed to their full potential, and that members of the U.S. Embassy CAT are properly welcomed and cared for throughout our stay in the province,” said U.S. Army Capt. Arthur Kim.
CAT has a long-standing collaboration with the local government of Palawan, the military and the coast guard in educational outreach activities, first responder training, medical and dental programs and COVID-19 response. .
“We must continue to adapt and be diligent to ensure that the partnership between the Philippines and the United States remains firm and unwavering in the face of global political, economic and health challenges,” Kim said. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan