New US Ambassador assures of continued support in ‘Yolanda’ rehab

Thursday, December 5th, 2013. Filed under: Philippine News
President Benigno S. Aquino III accepts the credentials of United States of America Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg during the Presentation of Credentials at the Music Room of Malacañang on Monday (Dec. 2, 2013). (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III accepts the credentials of United States of America Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg during the Presentation of Credentials at the Music Room of Malacañang on Monday (Dec. 2, 2013). (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – New United States Ambassador to the Philippines ,Philip S. Goldberg on Monday reassured the Philippines of his country’s continued support in efforts to recover from super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).

Goldberg, who presented his credentials to President Benigno S. Aquino III, said that while there may be a decrease in military presence, the US civilian presence will remain.

“I had a chance to make the same kind of expression to President Aquino that the United States will remain with the Philippines as you move from the relief period into reconstruction. And the United States will take the lead of the Philippine government in areas that are most urgent for rehabilitation and reconstruction,” he said at a media briefing.

He added the US has been “very involved” in all aspects of the initial relief effort due to its unique capabilities.

“But also our civilian efforts, which will be ongoing and continue even with the decrease in our military presence, and we take our lead from the Philippine government,” he said.

He added he had seen for himself the extent of the destruction when he visited some of the affected areas, including Tacloban City and Palo town in Leyte, last week.

Goldberg also cited the people-to-people ties between the Philippines and the US, which he said symbolize the relations between the two countries.

He also vowed to work for a future “that is also filled with cooperation for mutual prosperity, for mutual security, both for this region and for the whole world because it is based on shared values and people-to-people ties.”

“We will work with the government of the Philippines and the people of the Philippines as it becomes more competitive and hopefully continues these great growth rates in its economy and be helpful in any way we can,” he said.

Meanwhile, Goldberg said the US will cooperate with the Philippines not only in security but also on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

He said his priority as ambassador to the Philippines is “to broaden and deepen what has already been a very fine relationship, a great relationship, a historic relationship in the economic and commercial area, in the security, and in those people-to-people ties.”

“We want to further that effort and be able to help even more as we move towards a framework agreement where the United States and the Philippines can move to the next level of its relationship,” he said. (MNS)

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