Malacanang assures foreign aid will serve Purpose
by FFE PH News staff
As more countries pledge to provide financial help to the typhoon-torn Visayas, netizens are raising concerns over how the money will be channelled and spent. In response, Malacañang assured the public that it will monitor how the funds will be used, promising transparency as it accounts for the donations.
The official tally of foreign pledges as of Tuesday, 4:30pm is placed at Php2,344,402,500. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will be providing a list of the donor countries and their forms of assistance.
More importantly, he said ‘We will also tabulate where the assistance went to so at least it’s clear to our people that this type of help extended to us by our neighbors will truly be used for what they're intended for.’
The DFA will be in charge of collecting and coordinating foreign aid received by the Philippines in all its forms. Lacierda added that the department will also provide ‘a list of the assistance, pledges of assistance, and whether or not the pledges have been given.’
Malacañang has expressed gratitude for the outpouring of aid from the international community. But the spokesperson encouraged that donors, including Filipinos overseas, should also look at future needs once rehabilitation starts.
He said ‘Right now, the emphasis is on relief goods assistance, medical, search and rescue. But, down the road, you would recognise we realised that we have a lot of rehabilitation that’s going to happen. Reconstruction is going to happen.
‘We are receiving cash now but, at the same time, we should look forward. Down the road, what can we do to help reconstruction and rehabilitation? These are the things that maybe the Filipino communities, Filipino organisations abroad may think about.’