MANILA, Philippines –
On behalf of the U.S. Government, the United States
Embassy Manila wishes to extend our deepest condolences for the loss of life and
devastation caused by Typhoon Ruby (international name Hagupit).
The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Embassy Manila’s U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID), USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
and the U.S. military, has contacted our counterparts in the Philippine
government and is ready to provide assistance to the Philippine authorities at
their request and under their guidance.
Assessment teams from both USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the
U.S. Military are available to augment the Embassy’s capabilities monitoring the
storm’s impact and coordinating delivery of emergency assistance with government
agencies and humanitarian organizations on the ground.
Since Typhoon Yolanda hit one year ago, the Embassy’s USAID has supported
disaster risk reduction activities to help the Philippines prepare for such
devastating disasters. Thanks to effective planning and close coordination
between the U.S. and Philippine Governments, the United States is already well
positioned to lend a helping hand.