Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Philippine President Benigno Aquino inside the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila on February 20, 2014 Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Philippine President Benigno Aquino inside the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila on February 20, 2014

Australia provides assistance after Typhoon Lando Featured

Manila, Philippines – Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced on Thursday, October 22, the Australian Government will provide P33 million in emergency relief supplies to assist communities and families affected by Typhoon Lando (international name Koppu).

"Australia, as a close friend of the Philippines, is saddened by the loss of life and damage to homes and property in the wake of this tragedy," Bishop said.

“I commend the Government of the Philippines for its leadership and preparedness measures, and for quickly mobilising its domestic resources to support affected communities and provide timely assistance,” she continued.

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell added, “As a good friend and neighbour, the Philippines can expect that Australia will continue to support its close friend and partner during this time. We will work closely with the Philippine Government and partners to support the typhoon relief efforts as required.

In support of the Philippine government’s response efforts,Australia will release prepositioned in-country stores with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Food Program (WFP), and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to affected communities. These include:

Dignity kits through the UNFPA, containing malong cloths, bath towels, slippers, combs, nail clippers, maternity napkins, underwear, bath soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, laundry bar, and toilet paper.
Family kits through the PRC, containing sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets jerry cans, hygiene kits, and tarpaulins as emergency shelter.
Rice supplies and high-energy biscuits through the WFP. – Rappler.com

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