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German minister on 3-day visit to Philippines
Publication Date : 26-03-2014
Germany’s Minister of State Maria Boehmer is scheduled to arrive today in the Philippines for a three-day official visit, her first to Asia after her appointment last December.
Boehmer will hold talks with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario. She will also monitor the status of Germany's humanitarian aid for the victims of Super Typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan), and witness the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement on the Bangsamoro on Thursday.
During her visit, Boehmer will meet with representatives of German aid organizations in the Philippines for an update on relief and rehabilitation efforts on the ground.
In a statement issued earlier, she expressed Germany’s unrelenting support for the Philippines in the aftermath of the typhoon: “The devastation caused by Yolanda has triggered an immense outpouring of support from Germany. Shortly after the typhoon hit, German aid organizations were immediately on the ground to assist in the relief efforts. Germany continues to stand by the Philippines in the period of rehabilitation.”
So far, 11 billion pesos (176 million euros or US$242 million) has been contributed by Germany to relief and rehabilitation efforts in the Yolanda-affected regions. Of that amount, 8.7 billion pesos (144 million euros or $198.67 million) came from German private donors including the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief and German Red Cross and others. The German government has contributed 32 million euros ($44 million).