ADB official lauds Filipino nation for showing resilience following Yolanda's destruction

November 18, 2013 7:18 am 

MANILA, Nov. 17 — An official of the Asian Development Bank lauded the Aquino government for its relief and rehabilitation efforts following the massive destruction brought by super typhoon "Yolanda" (internationally known as Haiyan).

In an interview aired over CNN, Rajat M. Nag, Managing Director General of the ADB, commended the government and the entire Filipino nation for showing incredible strength and resilience despite the massive devastation wrought by the world's worst typhoon to hit this year.

"Look, I live here and I know how it feels like from Atlanta, but they did the best they could. This is difficult. This is the worst storm ever and, from some reports, worst ever on the planet. And this is a country coping with it," Nag said.

"Warnings were given. Storm surge warnings were given. But, look, this is a very difficult part of the country—the poorest part of the country. But I would say, under the circumstances, the government did all they could. They are doing all they can," he said.

"I think the international community now really must give, rally behind the government, and support. There will be enough time later for post-mortems," he said.

Last Friday, the ADB expressed its commitment to President Benigno S. Aquino III to provide US$ 23 million in grants to the Philippines to address immediate needs for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.

During the courtesy call at the Malacanang Palace's Music Room on Friday, ADB President Takehiko Nakao relayed the ADB's commitment to President Benigno S. Aquino III.

Nakao told the Chief Executive that the ADB stands ready to provide a US$ 500 million emergency loan to help reconstruct communities devastated by Typhoon Yolanda, also known internationally as Typhoon Haiyan.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) noted the Philippine government is one of the most prepared countries in the Asian region in terms of coordinating relief and recovery efforts especially in the aftermath of Yolanda that destroyed most parts of the Visayas region last week.

Matthew Cochrane, the spokesperson for the UN OCHA, praised the Philippine government for the role it played during the typhoon response and in other disasters. The coordination has been good and strong and the sharing of information between the UN and local authorities is also very good, he said. (PNA)

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