US to donate add’l P182-M for Marawi conflict victims

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

May 3, 2018, 2:11 pm

<p><strong>AID FOR MARAWI.</strong> United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim at the <em>Kapihan sa Embahada</em> on Thursday (May 3, 2018). <em>(Photo by Joyce Ann L. Rocamora)</em></p>

AID FOR MARAWI. United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim at the Kapihan sa Embahada on Thursday (May 3, 2018). (Photo by Joyce Ann L. Rocamora)

MANILA -- United States Ambassador Sung Kim on Thursday announced that the US is providing an additional PHP182 million assistance for the people displaced due to the Marawi City conflict in 2017.

This amount brings to nearly PHP1.4 billion the total contribution of US government, through US Agency for International Development (USAID), for the total recovery of the southern city.

"Together with our partners on the ground, we will build transitional shelters, repair water and sanitation facilities, provide social support, establish safe spaces to protect women and children from exploitation and violence, and, hopefully, in the process, also help jumpstart the local economy," Kim told reporters at the US Embassy in Manila.

Last January, the embassy allocated an additional PHP330 million to support young women and men to enhance job skills and attain livelihoods.

The United States, through USAID, has been a key partner of the Philippine government in the recovery, stabilization, and rehabilitation of Marawi City and its surrounding areas.

USAID’s early assistance involved restoring access to water and distributing desks for schools where displaced students are enrolled. It also provided health clinics in Marawi City and surrounding areas with supplies and services to combat tuberculosis and support maternal, newborn, and child health needs. (PNA)