September 26, 2023

South Korea is extending $300,000 or over P17 million to support the speedy recovery of provinces battered by Typhoon Egay, the South Korean Embassy in Manila announced.

“Following the damage caused by Typhoon Egay, the Government of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide humanitarian aid amounting to $300,000 to the Philippines as an effort to contribute to the country’s expedited recovery and rehabilitation,” it said in a statement.

Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Lee Sang-hwa relayed the news to Foreign Affairs Sec. Enrique Manalo.

Manalo extended his gratitude to the South Korean government for its continuous humanitarian support to the Philippines.

South Korea in April also supported the government in countering the Mindoro oil spill by dispatching the Korean Coast Guard Emergency Response Team and shipping out $210,000 or at least P11M worth of personal protective equipment and other supplies.

Typhoon Egay made landfall in Cagayan on July 26 and was followed by Typhoon Falcon, which enhanced the southwest monsoon from July 22 to Aug. 3 that left 30 dead, 171 injured, and nine missing.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that as of Aug. 17, a total of 1,368,489 families or 5,357,470 people in 49 provinces have been affected by the weather disturbances.  The Cordillera also recorded casualties and damage. – PNA