Foreign donors clarified they coursed their donation to eight counterpart agencies
By Sammy F. Martin

TACLOBAN City, Nov. 8 (PNA) -- Dignitaries of the international community clarified on Sunday that the millions of dollars worth of foreign donations which are being questioned did not pass through the national government.

Michael Harper, chief mission of the German Embassy, said his country has donated PhP5 billion -- in cash and in kind -- which came from the German community.

"We also donated PhP8.8 billion in cash and in kind which was withdrawn from the government of Germany’s coffer,” Harper told reporters attending a press conference on the aftermath of typhoon "Yolanda" at Patio Victoria here.

He said they have coursed their donation through their eight major agencies which have counterparts in the Philippines.

“One of these is the German Red Cross who has close coordination with the Philippine Red Cross who helped us in reaching our target,” he explained during the press conference.

Dr. Susan Brems, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) representative, claimed that they too coursed some of their donations worth USD43 million to their respective counterparts.

“We have mobilized our own personnel equipped with needed resources to fast-track the delivery of services,” she explained.

She said they still have pledge to the Philippine government millions of dollars but they are still waiting for the official study and recommendation on what the government’s immediate needs.

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez appealed to the national government to fast-track the approval of the blueprint of the rehabilitation project.

“The blueprint is needed by countries who made their pledges. They need to approve it first before they can release the money,” he pointed out.

He added that Tacloban needs water –- potable and for sewerage –- and the USAID is already studying on how they can help in solving the problem. (PNA)

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