U.S. gov't extends $8.5 mln food aid to Philippine typhoon victims

18:25, October 26, 2009      

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The U.S. government has committed to provide 8.5 million U.S. dollars in food aid to Philippine typhoon victims, Philippine officials said Monday.

Philippine Press Undersecretary Anthony Golez said in a news briefing that the U.S. agriculture department, through its Food for Progress Program, will be donating 7,000 metric tons of rice and 680 metric tons of nonfat dry milk to the victims of typhoons Ketsana and Parma.

The goods are expected to benefit 438,000 people for 60 days and will be arriving within a month.

Golez said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who's in Manila for a trade mission, announced this plan during a meeting with Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Philippine Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap Monday morning.

He added that Vilsack leads a 20-man trade delegation. They will explore possible agribusiness ventures in the Philippines.

Vilsack will be in Manila until Tuesday before heading for China for a bilateral meeting on agricultural trade and development. The business delegation will remain in the Philippines until Thursday or Friday.

Source: Xinhua
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