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Gustaf, who is also the honorary chairman of the World Scout Foundation, said the Swedish government will continue to send aid to storm-stricken areas, but refused to answer questions on the specific amount of assistance.
“I am very sad of the loss of family members and properties. Everybody has to help each other to respond to this very tragic situation,” said Gustaf in an 18-minute press briefing inside a tent set up inside the city’s airport.
The King said that before his visit to the country, he talked to a team of 15 Swedish experts who went to Tacloban City after the catastrophe to assist humanitarian organizations. Primarily, the team had set up telecommunication facilities to fast track relief efforts.
“They told me the needs of people in this very difficult situation. I am here in my capacity over scout. I was invited to come down to see the destruction and get more information,” said the king wearing a petroleum blue Swedish boy scout uniform. He was accompanied by Vice President Jejomar Binay and several international and local scout officials.
“Everybody has to understand the situation and reach out to each other. It’s something that we are discussing and see how much we can help for the victims.”
Before his Tacloban trip, the Swedish monarch graced the Invitation Peace Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in Laguna attended by more than 6,000 scouts from Southern Luzon and Metro Manila. #