Philip Goldberg, the newly-appointed U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, visited Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) emergency response programs for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan yesterday. On just his second day as ambassador, he flew to the island of Leyte where CRS and USAID staff met him at the airport in Tacloban. After viewing damage in the area, he visited a CRS distribution of hygiene kits to 536 people in the town of Palo. He also visited a CRS demo emergency shelter, which serves as a model for others in the community to replicate using a CRS emergency shelter kit and salvaged housing materials.
Joe Curry, CRS’ Philippines country representative, said, “We are pleased that Ambassador Goldberg, on only his second day in the Philippines as the new U.S. ambassador, chose to visit Catholic Relief Service’s emergency response efforts for families who’s lives were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. We deeply appreciate the timely financial support we have received from the U.S. government through USAID, which allows us to provide typhoon survivors with emergency shelter tarps, hygiene kits and other essential items in this time of need.”