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    Where's foreign aid for Phl typhoon victims?

    THE Philippine government on Wednesday stressed that only concerned agencies have the right to receive foreign aid following reports that donations for typhoon victims in Central Visayas go somewhere.
    Militant groups in Manila have also accused the government authorities of reportedly putting foreign aid on-hold.
    Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the concerned are the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Health (DOH) in Manila.
    “We have already mentioned that these pledges of assistance will not go to the Philippine government itself,” Lacierda told reporters in a press briefing at the Palace.
    He added: “Foreign pledges of assistance can be found on the FAiTH (Foreign Aid Transparency Hub) website.”
    He said FAiTH is a site (www.gov.ph/faith.) that shows details on foreign humanitarian aid and donations to the Philippine government in response to disasters and calamities.
    Lacierda also pointed out that if there is anything they received, it is only coursed through the concerned agencies.
    “The reason why we uploaded everything in the FAiTH website is to answer allegations of where the money will go,” he said.
    He said the government has the people’s best interest at heart and is determined to assist all affected Filipinos in terms of relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation.
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