Soldiers carry a body for loading onto a truck after a family identified the deceased in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, central Philippines November 13, 2013. The government has been overwhelmed by the force of the typhoon, which decimated large swathes of Leyte province where local officials have said they feared 10,000 people died, many drowning in a tsunami-like surge of seawater. REUTERS/Edgar Su (PHILIPPINES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

Worried about what will happen to all the aid coming to the Philippines? 

The government has just assured the public that aid pouring in from the international community will be properly used to assist victims of typhoon Yolanda.

Malacanang said the all pledges will be consolidated by the Department of Foreign Affairs before being allocated to agencies delivering rescue and relief services.
“What DFA does is collate and coordinate,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Tuesday, adding that most of the funds are pledges and have yet to be sent.
“DFA [will] give us a list of the assistance, pledges of assistances and whether these pledges have been delivered,” Lacierda said in Palace briefing.
Pledges from foreign governments and development organizations so far totaled to nearly P3.8 billion, excluding logistic support and donations in kind.
The biggest financial pledges included those from the UN (P1.1 billion), Japan (P435 million), the United Arab Emirates and (P431 million) the United Kingdom (P414 million).
DFA has compiled a matrix of international assistance, noting that the number of donors has risen to 36. Not all of the in-kind donations are assigned monetary values.
The office of Commission on Audit Chairman Grace Pulido-Tan has meanwhile confirmed that it will be assisting in the monitoring of foreign aid for Yolanda.
Commissioner Heidi Mendoza has been tasked to look into the funds and how they will be used for rescue and relief operations, Tan’s aide said in a phone interview.


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