THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed an additional P234-million ($4.5 million) worth of funding to assist the Marawi recovery effort, the US Embassy said.
The Embassy noted that the US government’s contribution to Marawi’s rehabilitation is now at P3.4 billion ($63.6 million.)
“The US government remains committed to supporting the Philippine government in helping restore normalcy in the lives of the Filipinos affected by the Marawi conflict,” US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim was quoted as saying in a statement Thursday.
“This new assistance reflects the strong bond between the US and the Philippines as friends, partners, and allies.”
The USAID funding will assist approximately 50,000 internally-displaced persons in Marawi and 9,000 in Maguindanao.
This will be used particularly to provide emergency shelter assistance to 2,600 individuals, in addition to 33,000 individuals the USAID previously helped.
The agency also committed to expand water and sanitation services and improve the environment for women and children in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur.
The US government has so far provided livelihood assistance to almost 7,500 displaced households, water supply to more than 6,000 displaced persons, and education to over 30,000 people.
Its programs are also geared towards enhancing job skills among young people to help them attain livelihoods.