Foreign aid for 'Yolanda' victims goes to concerned agencies only –Lacierda

January 8, 2014 11:27 pm 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Jan. 8 (PNA) — Only concerned government agencies are authorized to receive foreign aid for the victims of typhoon “Yolanda,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda clarified on Wednesday.

He said these are the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Health (DOH).

Lacierda made the clarification following reports that there were militant groups accusing the government of putting foreign aid on-hold.

“We have already mentioned that these pledges of assistance will not go to the Philippine government itself,” Lacierda said in a press briefing at the Palace.

“Foreign pledges of assistance can be found on the FAiTH (Foreign Aid Transparency Hub) website,” he added.

FAiTH is a site (www.gov.ph/faith.) that shows details on foreign humanitarian aid and donations to the Philippine government in response to disasters and calamities.

“If there is anything we received, it is only coursed through us, then given to the concerned agencies,” Lacierda stressed.

“The reason why we uploaded everything in the FAiTH website is to answer allegations of where the money will go,” he added.

He said that the government has the people’s best interest at heart and is determined to assist all affected Filipinos in terms of relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation. (PNA)

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