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Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations
59th United Nations General Assembly
On behalf of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the people of the Philippines, I thank you most profoundly for your expression of sympathy and solidarity with the Filipino people as they slowly emerge from the death and destruction of property and livelihood that occurred in the Philippines during the past weeks.
The Philippines is deeply indebted to those who promptly responded to our urgent appeal for assistance—the United Nations: particularly OCHA, UNDP, WHO, and UNICEF; member states Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as the European Union, for their rapid response in extending emergency assistance.
Non-Government Organizations like the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; Oxfam; Médecins sans Frontières; Télécom sans Frontières; Caritas; Catholic Relief Services; Church World Service; Christian Aid; World Vision; Interaction; Food for the Hungry; Action by Churches Together; and many other NGOs;
We deeply appreciate the gesture of the United States to send an entire Marine Air Group based in Japan composed of more than 600 troops and more than a dozen medium- and heavy-lift helicopters and transport planes to assist in the ongoing relief efforts and in airlifting the sick and injured from areas that have been isolated by the disaster.
We also express our appreciation to other governments for their expressions of sympathy.
Much still needs to be done in the coming days and weeks to help those affected to cope with the after-effects of the calamity. President Arroyo has reiterated an appeal for more assistance.
We would need help in preventing the spread of diseases and in restoring power, communications and water services to the affected population. We would need all the help we could get in reconstruction and post-disaster rehabilitation of the affected areas.
Once again, thank you.
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