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NYPM 034-2009

6 OCTOBER 2009




NEW YORK—The Philippines today formally thanked the United Nations for responding to its urgent call for humanitarian assistance in the wake of the death and destruction left behind by typhoons Ketsana and Parma during the past week.


In its report to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations said Manila’s expression of gratitude was conveyed by Ambassador Hilario G. Davide, Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative, during a briefing organized this afternoon by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).


“Allow me to express the profound gratitude of the Government and the People of the Philippines, especially the millions affected by the worst inundation of Metro Manila and its environs in over four decades, for the quick and comprehensive action that the United Nations has mobilized,” Ambassador Davide said in his statement.


“I also thank all Member States whose immediate bilateral aid helped alleviate the plight of my countrymen or whose expressions of sympathy and solidarity deeply touched their hearts,” Ambassador Davide told representatives from various Member States who attended the briefing.


The Filipino envoy cited in particular Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes and OCHA for preparing the flash appeal for international assistance that was formally launched in Geneva early today. The flash appeal came a few days after Secretary General Ban Ki-moon assured Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo of assistance.


“The comprehensive flash appeal prepared by OCHA presents a much-needed lifeline that the Government of the Philippines has to resort to due to the extraordinary level of death, destruction and dislocation, brought about by typhoons Ketsana and Parma,” he said.


Ambassador Davide said Ketsana left as many as 295 people dead, 39 missing and almost 4 million affected in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Damage to agriculture and property was estimated at P9.7 billion.  Parma, which hit the northern part of the country a few days after, left 16 persons dead and P500 million in damage.


Ambassador Davide also briefed member states on the actions taken by the Philippine Government, including the mobilization of the entire government machinery for a full-scale response to the storms. ###



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