Indonesia Sends $2m Typhoon Haiyan Aid to Philippines

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Indonesian Coordinating Minister of Welfare Agung Laksono shakes hands with Maria Rosario Aguinalda, the Philippines ambassador to Jakarta, during a ceremony to hand over relief from the Indonesian government to victims of super typhoon Haiyan in Jakarta on Nov.12, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Indonesia has donated $2 million for victims of super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines as part of solidarity between Asean countries that have suffered severe natural disasters, an official said on Wednesday.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said the receipt of aid was handed to the Philippines’ ambassador to Jakarta Maria Rosario C. Aguinaldo by Coordinating Minister of Welfare Agung Laksono at the minister’s office on Tuesday.

“The aid of $2 million consisted of $1 million of demand deposit [giro] and $1 million in goods and logistics. The goods weigh 75 tons in total,” Sutopo said in a text message to the Jakarta Globe.

He said the Ministry of Defense had also assigned three Hercules C-130 aircraft to distribute the aid.

The total package has been taken from several government bodies.

The BNPB has donated 6,000 meals, 1,000 packages of smaller food items, 21,000 units of extra nutrition, 5,000 blankets, 1,000 boxes of clothing, 1,000 boxes of children’s clothing and 10 electricity generators.

The Ministry of Health has donated 10 boxes of medicine and 500 packages of infant formula.

The Ministry of Social Affairs has handed over 500 boxes of instant noodles, 1,000 other meals, 1,000 smaller food items and 1,000 blankets.

“Today three Hercules aircraft owned by the Air Force departed to take 36.6 tons of food supplies, medicine, generators and blankets from Halim Perdanakusuma airport,” Sutopo said.

The departures were divided into three shifts. The first aircraft departed at 6:30 a.m carrying 12.54 tons, the second plane departed at 7:40 a.m carrying a further 12.76 tons of aid, while the last flight departed at 10 a.m carrying 11 tons.

“The next aid delivery is planned to be held on Nov. 14, 2013 with also three shifts of deliveries,” Sutopo said.

The amount of aid Indonesia has sent to the affected region is smaller than what other countries have pledged to the Philippines.

The United Nations has launched a $300 million appeal to cover the unfolding humanitarian crisis, and it has already released $25 million to cover first responders and other emergency lines of aid.

Japan has sent a 10-person medical team in addition to $10 million, while Australia has donated a similar amount of aid. Both the US and UK have sent naval ships — including the USS George Washington aircraft carrier — in addition to $20 million and $10 million, respectively. Other nations, including New Zealand, South Korea and the UAE have sent sizeable offers of help to Manila.

The world’s second-largest economy has, however, been on the receiving end of criticism for its contribution to the global aid appeal. China has given its neighbor $100,000.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JeromeGotangco Jerome Gotangco

    Terima kasih Indonesia1

  • mrlogic

    There are of course differing opinions on whether this aid should have been given to Indonesians; but the question I ask is how can all this be arranged and sent so quickly, while victims of Indonesian disasters have to wait ages for aid, and in many cases there is no aid.

    • LifeIsSimple

      What makes the difference is that ASEAN member countries had just very recently (in November 2011) established the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance, along with earmarked mandatory disaster response funds from all its member countries. The Centre is headquartered in Jakarta, which I think is a nod to the frequency of disasters in our country due to the reality of our territorial size.

      The Centre was activated after the Typhoon Yolanda made its landfall, and all the assistances from Indonesia and other ASEAN member countries that you have heard so far are coordinated through this agency. The funds for the aid is already approved by each member countries and parked on the agency’s account, which is why it could be deployed within moments notice.

      We, ASEAN countries, had learned from our past that shouldering the burden of disaster together would go a long way in mitigating its impact to our citizens.

  • Cantik Wayan

    Denmark with 5.5 mill. People have given 5 million us dollar to philippenes THX Great denmark

    • Chin po

      China only sent less than $500 k.with more than a billion populations…sad huh using your point.

  • Good,Bad and Ugly

    The Vatican, maybe the richest organisation in the world, sends a pathetic $150,000 to one of the largest Catholic populations in the world, while ‘urging the faithful to provide “concrete help” to the largely Roman Catholic country’.
    Cheap Charlies.

  • TGIF

    What about Saudi Arabia…why is UAE the only country from the Middle East to send help or donations.

    • Enya Maire Cuesta

      Saudi Arabia had donated $100K from King and 2 plane loads of relief items, Kuwait $100M. Filipinos are grateful for any gesture of solidarity and compassion – big amount or small. Thank you.

  • Enya Maire Cuesta

    Very agree.