Members of the U.S. House of Representatives expressed their strong support for Philippine humanitarian relief operations as well as upcoming reconstruction and rehabilitation plans of the government in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) and members of the
Smith, House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations (SAGHGHRIO), led the CODEL to the
Representative Al Greene (D-TX) and Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) joined Smith in the CODEL.
During the courtesy call, the CODEL expressed their sympathies for the
Secretary del Rosario conveyed to the CODEL his appreciation for the immediate and overwhelming humanitarian assistance from the
“We thank the
The CODEL discussed with the Secretary the way forward in reconstruction and rehabilitation of affected areas and how the
“Now as we move from short-term relief to long-term rebuilding, I expressed to the CODEL that the Philippine government is in the process of drafting rehabilitation and reconstruction plans for affected areas. I emphasized the importance of
“Indeed, the loss of lives and devastation brought by Typhoon Yolanda is sad and unfortunate. The Filipino people continue to be resilient and will rise above this tragedy. It will be a daunting task."
"We are blessed that we have a reliable ally like the