The ASEAN Secretariat has set up an emergency humanitarian relief fund following Tropical Storm Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) that have hit Cambodia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, and Viet Nam, and the earthquakes in Indonesia, the ASEAN Secretariat said.
“The fund will be used to purchase relief items based on the needs of the affected populations,” the statement from the secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said.
ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General Sayakane Sisouvong met with the Philippines’ Secretary of National Defense and National Disaster Coordinating Council Chairman Gilberto Teodoro, Jr. and Secretary of Social Welfare and Development Esperanza Cabral, to discuss the situation and how ASEAN could help.
“The initial fund for emergency relief will be taken from the ASEAN Development Fund, and will be used to purchase relief items based on the needs of the affected populations,” said Sisouvong.
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