US allocates additional P100-M aid for Marawi rehab

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 14 2018 01:21 PM

MANILA - The United States will be providing additional P100 million assistance for Marawi residents displaced by the 5-month siege that left the city in ruins.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim said the assistance will be given through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

He said this will allow USAID's partner, the World Food Programme (WFP), to purchase a total of 1,800 metric tons of rice that can feed 45,000 people for 4 months.

Kim participated in a ceremonial turnover of sacks of rice at the WFP warehouse. Social Welfare chief Emmanuel Leyco and Assistant Secretary Kristoffer Purisima represented the Philippine government.

He said the US remains committed to assist in restoring normalcy in Marawi and surrounding areas, address immediate needs of displaced families, and improve conditions in evacuation centers.

Leyco and Purisima thanked the US government for the assistance. Purisima said the aid is a testament of the friendship between the 2 countries and will complement government's relief efforts.

The United States government has allocated an additional $6.6 million (P330 million) to support the rehabilitation and recovery of communities affected by the conflict in Marawi City.

Last January, the US government allocated additional $6.6 million (P330 million) to support the rehabilitation in Marawi, bringing the total USAID contribution to $20.9 million (P1 billion).