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US allots P201 million for Mindanao

Gabbie Parlade



Photo credit: Facebook page — U.S. Embassy in the Philippines

The United States government on Friday bared an additional P201 million assistance for the vulnerable sector in Mindanao.

In a meeting between US Ambassador Sung Yong Kim and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Chief Minister Ahod ‘Al Haj Murad’ Ebrahim, the officials discussed contingency plans for the pandemic and earlier catastrophic events.

Kim emphasized the US remains committed to assist the region and the Philippines deal with the current health crisis.

“The United States and the Philippines have met and overcome many challenges together, and I am confident that by working together we will overcome this challenge as well,” Kim said in a statement.

The US assistance includes humanitarian aid led by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and those allotted for the displaced due to recent earthquakes in Mindanao.

USAID will also prioritize the distribution of hygiene supplies, hand washing stations and promotion of ways to reduce virus transmission.

Likewise, the agency said vital water supplies in Lanao del Norte will continue for affected families and communities to use.

To date, the US government has set aside for the Philippines over P978 million worth of health materials and fund assistance to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The US assistance will help boost the country’s testing capacity, train health workers and provide additional personal protective equipment.