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Cablegate: Additional Usg Disaster Aid for Philippines

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SUBJECT: ADDITIONAL USG DISASTER AID FOR PHILIPPINES

REFTELS: A) Manila 2308


1. (SBU) The U.S. Government (USG) is providing $5.2 million in new
disaster relief assistance to the Philippines to meet vital
education, water and sanitation, health, and disaster preparedness
needs. These funds are in addition to the more than $16 million in
rescue and relief aid that the USG has already provided in response
to the three massive storms that have devastated the northern
Philippine island of Luzon in the last six weeks. Tropical Storm
Ketsana (local name Ondoy), Typhoon Parma (Pepeng), and Typhoon
Mirinae (Santi) have claimed almost a thousand lives and inflicted
over half a billion dollars worth of damage to crops and
infrastructure (reftel A). More than 260,000 houses were damaged or
destroyed and extensive areas remain flooded in waist-deep water,
leaving 150,000 Filipinos homeless and threatening many more with
water-borne disease.

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Practical and Targeted Assistance
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2. (SBU) The new assistance consists of $2 million in new USAID
Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) funds, and an
additional $3.2 million that USAID has reprogrammed from existing
bilateral aid programs to help jump start disaster recovery efforts.
The aid targets immediate needs in the sectors of:

-- Education: $2 million to refurbish schools, construct 20 new
classrooms and 40 computer laboratories, provide 300,000 books, as
well as chairs and desks for 15,000 students;

-- Water and Sanitation: $1.7 million to provide clean water,
sanitation facilities, wastewater and solid waste management, and
technical assistance to rebuild damaged infrastructure;

-- Health: $500,000 to refurbish health clinics, and provide
medical supplies and technical assistance to address infectious
diseases and child/maternal health;

-- Disaster Preparedness: $500,000 for climate change adaptation to
assist flood-prone municipalities map vulnerable areas and reduce
risk.

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Beyond Relief to Reconstruction
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3. (SBU) This package was drawn up in close consultation with
Philippine government disaster relief officials, non-governmental
organizations, international institutions, and other donor nations.
It will help sustain relief efforts and will support the
Post-Disaster Needs Assessment that is being coordinated through the
World Bank and is slated for completion within the next month.
Secretary Clinton could announce this package during her November
12-13 visit to the Philippines.

Kenney

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