US donates Php 1.6 million in disaster relief and medical supplies to Palawan

(From the left) Kalayaan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Dennis abacial, Governor of Palawan Socrates, American Embassy Acting Public Affairs Officer Lewisand Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Joshua Bolusa attend the handover ceremony of tents and supplies donated by the United States to increase the Palawan Local Governmentshelter, medical and logistics capacity during crises.

Manila, August 15, 2022—On August 12, the U.S. Embassy Civil Affairs Team (CAT) donated Php1.6 million worth of disaster relief tents and medical supplies ( $30,000), to support local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness in Palawan.

Capt. Kim oversees the handover of the American donation aboard the Philippine Coast Guard vessel BRP Teresa Magbanua in Puerto Princesa City.
Capt. Kim oversees the handover of the American donation aboard the Philippine Coast Guard vessel BRP Teresa Magbanua in Puerto Princesa City.

Members of the Philippine Coast Guard and U.S. sailors from the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) helped deliver the tents and supplies, which were turned over to the provincial government of Palawan during a ceremony in Puerto Princesa City in the presence of Palawan Governor

Dennis Socrates and Acting U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Nina Lewis. USNS Mercy has been docked in the Philippines since July 27 to participate in Pacific Partnership 2022, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster preparedness exercise conducted in the Indo-Pacific.

“The supplies we have received will certainly be of great help to our ongoing disaster preparedness efforts. We are beyond grateful for this donation,” Governor Socrates said.

“The local government of Palawan, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines have been reliable partners in ensuring that our activities and projects are well-coordinated and executed to their full potential, and that members of the U.S. Embassy CAT are welcomed and cared for throughout our stay in the province,” said U.S. Army Capt. Arthur Kim. “We continue to be impressed with the professionalism, dedication and hospitality of our Filipino partners and appreciate any opportunity to work with them here in Palawan.”

The U.S. Embassy CAT has a long history of working with the local government of Palawan, the military, and the Coast Guard on several initiatives, including educational outreach activities, first responder training, medical programs, and dental care and support for the local response to COVID-19.

“We must continue to adapt and be diligent to ensure that the partnership between the Philippines and the United States remains firm and unwavering in the face of global political, economic and health challenges,” added Captain Kim.

U.S. Army CATs are part of U.S. efforts to develop shared capabilities with partner nations around the world. The U.S. government is constantly working to help communities in the Philippines prepare for and be more resilient to natural disasters.

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