Weekly Issues: An Update on U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in the BARMM
June 5, 2020
The United States government, civil society and private sector remain committed to provide assistance to vulnerable populations in the Bangsamoro region. The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced today that the U.S. government is providing an additional $4 million to assist those displaced by conflict and recent earthquakes in Mindanao amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Total commitment for humanitarian aid and livelihood assistance and recovery in and around Marawi has reached over $63.6 million.
Under the new Mindanao-focused programs, the U.S. government through USAID in collaboration with the Philippine government and local partners, will serve over 100,000 persons including in temporary relocation sites by providing vital water supply, essential hygiene supplies and hand washing stations. On May 22, USAID also announced it is offering financial grants for the recovery of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) adversely affected by the pandemic.