More help is underway for the provinces hit by super typhoon Yolanda. Food packs from the US government has arrived Tuesday afternoon.
In an interview on Mornings@ANC, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines Mission Director Gloria Steele said the US will also be sending more planes to help in the search and rescue operations of local disaster response units.
More medicine and non-food items are also set to arrive.
Steele added, the American government also pledged $20 million aside from the relief items.
Aside from in-kind donations, the US is also helping the Philippines prepare for future disasters.
“We have been, over the past few years, providing disaster assistance in form of training for urban search and rescue operation, medical emergency, hospital preparedness for mass emergency response. We also provided monitoring capacity for volcanic eruptions and all sorts of trainings for disaster preparedness,” Steele told ANC.
She added, “Obviously we need to do more but I think that the Philippines is in a good position to start being prepared.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Health is sending more medical tents in the provinces hit.
They will be sending additional medical team in hard-hit areas such as Tacloban, Leyte, and Samar, said DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag in a phone interview with DZMM.
Additional medicines, hospital supplies, and clean water are also on the way, said Tayag.
“Patuloy yung serbisyo nila bagamat limitado lamang dahil malaking sira ang nangyari sa ospital.”
He also urged the residents in affected areas to stay calm and be patient.
Tayag said, the DOH is already working on speeding up medical response in all affected provinces.
“Ang pinaka-challenge sa amin ay paano namin ma-a-allocate sapagkat maraming lugar ang naapektuhan. Gusto naming ipaliwanag na ang pagkilos ng Department of Health ay hindi lamang sa Tacloban, [kundi] sa lahat ng lugar na nangangailangan ng tulong.”
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