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19/11/2013: AMERICAN SOLON SAYS PH CAN COUNT ON US ASSISTANCE

PRESS RELEASE
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19 November 2013

BOWIE, Maryland—The Philippines can count on the continued support of the United States in its efforts to get hundreds of thousands of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan back on their feet.

This was the assurance given by Sen. Benjamin Cardin (Democrat, Maryland) to Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and leaders of the Filipino-American Community in Maryland during a roundtable meeting on Typhoon Haiyan, which he chaired here on Monday afternoon.

Senator Cardin was among the first who reached out to Ambassador Cuisia and expressed condolences to the Philippines and the Filipino people. He co-sponsored Senate Resolution 282 which pledged support for the Filipino people following the tragedy caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

“We are very proud of the Filipino diaspora in Maryland. They are particularly anxious because they have ties and relatives in the Philippines. Filipino Americans lead us in the American effort,” said Senator Cardin, chair of the Subcommittee on East Asia and Pacific Affairs of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

"Coordination is critically important, and the Philippine government is very much engaged in understanding and carrying out its responsibility," Senator Cardin said. "We have to keep our attention on this issue."

In his remarks, Ambassador Cuisia reiterated the gratitude of the Philippine Government and the Filipino people to the United States Government and the American people for responding immediately to appeals for assistance in the wake of the devastation wreaked by Haiyan in Leyte, Eastern Samar, Northern Cebu and other parts of Central Visayas.

Ambassador Cuisia also thanked the Department of State, the Department of Defense and the US Agency for International Development for their role in the ongoing disaster relief efforts. He cited in particular the deployment of air and naval assets that have effectively been supporting the Philippine Government’s disaster relief efforts.

Ambassador Cuisia also cited the important role played by volunteers from the Mammoth Medical Missions and Team Rubicon who were among the first foreign medical and search and rescue units on the ground which have been credited for saving hundreds of lives in Leyte.

The roundtable was participated in by leaders of Filipino-American organizations as well as officials of the State of Maryland, including State Delegate Kris Valderama, representatives of the State Department and USAID and nongovernment organizations.

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19 November 2013

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland) at the roundtable discussion.

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19 November 2013

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland), and Maryland State Delegate Kris Valderama.