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US Aid, CRS to allocate P70-Million humanitarian aid to flood victims in Davao Region

BY JOEL C, ESCOL, Managing Editor & MDN Davao News Bureau

The United States has stepped up its aid efforts to assist flood victims in the Davao Region of the Philippines, following devastating floods and landslides that have affected numerous communities. Through its aid programs, the US government, particularly the United States Agency for International Development (USAid), has been working closely with local authorities and humanitarian organizations to provide much-needed assistance to those affected by the natural disasters.

Relative to this, a total of P70-Million humanitarian aid has already been confirmed from the top officials of both the US Aid and the Catholic Response Services (CRS) during their recent visit in the Davao Region to asssess the extent of damage of the catastrope that hit Southern Philippines.

USAid’s initiatives in the Davao Region focus on addressing the immediate needs of flood victims while also supporting long-term recovery and resilience-building efforts. One of the key aspects of USAid’s assistance is the provision of emergency relief supplies, including food, clean water, shelter materials, and essential hygiene items. These supplies are crucial for ensuring the survival and well-being of displaced families and individuals who have lost their homes or livelihoods due to the floods.

In addition to emergency relief, USAid is also implementing programs aimed at restoring basic services and infrastructure in flood-affected areas. This includes repairing damaged roads and bridges, restoring access to clean water and sanitation facilities, and rebuilding schools and healthcare centers that have been destroyed or damaged by the floods. By investing in the rehabilitation of critical infrastructure, USAid aims to help communities recover and rebuild stronger in the face of future natural disasters.

Furthermore, USAid is working with local partners to provide psychosocial support and trauma counseling to flood survivors, particularly vulnerable groups such as children, women, and the elderly. These efforts are essential for addressing the mental health impacts of the disaster and helping individuals and communities cope with the emotional toll of loss and displacement.

Another important aspect of USAid’s assistance is its focus on livelihood recovery and economic recovery for flood-affected communities. This includes providing cash assistance and livelihood support to help families rebuild their businesses and agricultural activities, thereby enabling them to regain their financial independence and self-sufficiency.

USAid’s aid programs in the Davao Region are part of broader efforts to strengthen disaster preparedness and response capabilities in the Philippines. By supporting local authorities and communities in their efforts to mitigate the impact of natural disasters and build resilience to future shocks, USAid aims to ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable populations in the region. Through its partnerships with the Philippine government, civil society organizations, and humanitarian agencies, USAid remains committed to providing timely and effective assistance to those in need during times of crisis.

Meanwhile, Governor Edwin Jubahib of Davao del Norte expressed gratitude for his province’s inclusion in the Davao Region’s allocation of nearly P70 million in US assistance for flood victims.

This aid initiative follows the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s provision of emergency cash assistance to help those affected by consecutive weather disturbances, which claimed over 100 lives and impacted more than 600,000 residents across the region.

Davao del Norte became the first province to receive the cash transfer, according to local DSWD officials.

Governor Jubahib commended the US government for extending assistance to communities affected by severe flooding and landslides in Davao del Norte, as reported by the provincial information office.

Officials from the US Agency for International Development (USAid), along with representatives from the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Action Against Hunger, visited the province to assess the needs of flood victims and facilitate recovery efforts.

Davao del Norte is among the areas slated to receive nearly P70 million in humanitarian aid from the US government through USAid, addressing the aftermath of weather disturbances and subsequent landslides.

The governor expressed appreciation to USAid officials, emphasizing the significant impact of the aid in aiding affected families’ recovery efforts.

USAid’s Regional Humanitarian Director Ben Hemingway outlined plans for emergency assistance, including food, shelter, water, sanitation, and essential hygiene items, to support affected communities in Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, and Davao City.

CRS Country Representative Jonas Tetangco disclosed that a portion of the funding would provide cash assistance of P10,000 per family to 2,000 households in Davao del Norte.

Governor Jubahib pledged to ensure that the neediest families receive the cash assistance, emphasizing the provincial government’s commitment to equitable distribution.

He also appealed for additional humanitarian aid, noting the extended recovery period estimated at around seven months for the nearly 700,000 affected individuals in the region.

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