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ASEAN Calls for Support to Recovery of Typhoon Haiyan-affected Communities in the Philippines

A pre-conference meeting held in ASEAN Secretariat today gathered around 100 ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps, ASEAN’s partners, and the private sector, to discuss and share views on continuing support for the recovery of communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

In his welcome remarks, H.E. Ambassador Min Lwin, Chair of the Permanent Representatives to ASEAN and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, emphasised that the presence of the Ambassadors, Dialogue Partners, and the private sector, sends a strong message “that we are united in our goal of continuing our support to the communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.”

Echoing the same sentiment, ASEAN Secretary-General H.E. Le Luong Minh pointed out that the region’s “experience clearly shows that ASEAN solidarity is evident, with ASEAN responding as one” and affirms “ASEAN’s commitment to support the recovery efforts in the Philippines as an integral part of building a caring and sharing ASEAN Community.”

“Looking back, I believe that with an unprecedented disaster such as Haiyan, any government no matter how prepared would have been overwhelmed by the effects of the super typhoon,” said H.E. Elizabeth Buensuceso, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN. “Rich or poor, no one was spared from the debilitating effects of the typhoon. But we can just imagine how the poor were affected,” she added.

Based on reports, a total of 1,084,762 houses were damaged, of which 595,149 were partially damaged while 489,613 houses were completely destroyed. About 4 million people or 900,000 families were displaced due to the destruction. More than 16 million people or about 3.5 million families had been affected by the typhoon. Total casualties numbered 6,300 people while the injured numbered 28,689. To date, there are still more than a thousand missing persons

Ambassador Buensuceso said that the contributions of the stakeholders “will not only be helping the Philippines, but ASEAN as well, as we become better prepared for similar disasters in the future and better equipped to respond to a neighbor’s needs.”

On 14 August, the Government of the Philippines and ASEAN will hold the ASEAN High-Level Conference on Assistance for the Recovery of Yolanda-Affected Areas (ARYA) in Manila, Philippines. The conference is organised to gather new support that would assist the Government of the Philippines in implementing its national and local recovery and rehabilitation plans. Different stakeholders are invited to discuss the current situation of the affected communities, the assistance initiatives being implemented and different forms of assistance needed for the recovery and building of more resilient communities.

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