The US government is partnering with the Philippine government in delivering critical health and education services to civilians being affected by the ongoing conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.
“The United States and the Philippines are longstanding friends, partners and allies,” said US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim. “We will continue to coordinate with the Philippine government on ways to provide relief to families affected by this conflict.”
A statement released by the Embassy on July 19 said the US government, through the United States Agency for International Development, also helped provide access to potable water by distributing 12,000 jerry cans (water containers) and 96,000 chlorine tablets to 12,000 families currently staying in evacuation sites in Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Iligan City.
The Embassy statement cited the role of the USAID in providing support to help stop the spread of infectious diseases, particularly tuberculosis.
With the help of local partners and the Philippine Department of Health, USAID facilitated the delivery of much-needed anti-TB drugs and supplies to evacuation centers, allowing patients to continue their strict medical regimen. Patients with confirmed cases receive free medical treatment from the Philippine government.
Recently, the USAID, through one of its ongoing education projects, has also supplied more than 6,000 desks for use by displaced children in temporary learning spaces.
USAID also supports peace and community development in Mindanao through 25 ongoing projects designed to improve local governance, strengthen the government’s capacity to deliver services, especially in terms of health and education, and promote civic engagement.