Bishops appeal for transparency in management of funds meant for Haiyan victims
Taiwan, the United States, Australia, the European Union, Africa and international agencies including the UN announced massive aid for victims of Typhoon Haiyan which hit central Philippines hard.
Filipino bishops have appealed for transparency in management of emergency funds received following Typhoon Haiyan. Similar cases in the past have often led to corruption and malfeasance, Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila said in a message on Wednesday.
The President of the Commission for Social Action of the Filipino Bishops' Conference’s appeal to the government to be transparent and honest came even as Taiwan, the United States, Australia, the European Union, Africa and international agencies including the UN announced massive aid for victims of Typhoon Haiyan which hit central Philippines on November 8 killing at least 10,000 and wiping out entire villages.
Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, launched an aid campaign to raise about 301 million U.S. dollars. Taiwan, home to thousands of Filipinos, was one of the first governments to respond to the call for help. Taipei has sent about 200,000 U.S. dollars for immediate assistance and two C-130 Hercules aircraft with essential aid. The Church of St. Christopher, having a large Filipino community, in the Archdiocese of Taipei and other parishes are holding fundraisers.
Through the Pentagon, the United States announced the dispatch of the aircraft carrier George Washington to the Philippines carrying 80 aircraft and 5,000 men to join the rescue operations, nearly impossible by land and sea because of destroyed roads and ports. The U.S. has also set aside for now about 20 million dollars in humanitarian aid. The U.S. has one of the largest communities of Filipino migrants with more than 2 million people.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said that a warship of the Royal Navy is already en route to the Philippines, with rescue personnel and humanitarian aid. London has already allocated 10 million pound sterling in basic necessities.
The European Union has launched its program of support to countries affected by natural disasters, allocating about 3 million Euros for immediate aid. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that the government has allocated about 10 million Australian dollars (6.9 million euro) for the purchase of basic necessities in the most affected areas.
The tragedy has brought solidarity also from Africa, particularly from Libya where there is a strong community of Filipino immigrants. Overseas Filipino Workers in Libya has started collecting money with the help of the local Church to send home to help the victims of the typhoon. The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference that covers South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland also has launched fundraisers.
Source: AsiaNews & Agenzia Fides