Japan to Donate $13 Million to Aid Typhoon ‘Odette’ Victims in Philippines

TOKYO – Japan will donate $13 million in emergency grant aid via international organizations to help the survivors of Typhoon Odette in the Philippines, the Japanese foreign ministry announced on Friday.

According to the ministry, the grant aid will be used to provide food, shelter, non-food items, health, and water and sanitation to people in the central and southern parts of the country that were affected by the disaster.

“Japan, in light of the amicable relations with the Philippines, intend to closely coordinate with the Philippines for the earliest recovery of the affected areas,” the ministry said in a statement.

The assistance will be delivered via the World Food Programme (WFP) for food, nutrition and logistics worth $5 million; International Organization for Migration (IOM) for shelter, health, camp coordination and camp management worth $4.2 million; International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for shelter/non-food items, food, water/sanitation/hygiene (WASH) and health worth $1.83 million; United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for WASH worth $1.6 million; United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for inter-agency coordination worth $0.2 million; and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for non-food items, protection worth $0.17 million. - Florenda Corpuz