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The UAE distributed food supplies to assist thousands of people impacted by the heavy rainfall in Davao de Oro Province, southern Philippines. The heavy rains caused floods and a landslide in the Elizalde district, resulting in dozens of deaths, injuries, missing persons, and substantial property damage.

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Mohamed Obaid Alqataam Alzaabi, UAE Ambassador to the Philippines, said, “Dispatching food supplies is part of the UAE’s commitment to provide essential relief in times of crisis, particularly natural disasters that result in severe food shortages, and require intervention to support affected citizens.”

He affirmed that the UAE will continue its extensive efforts to provide aid and support to those impacted by the devastating floods in Davao de Oro. These endeavours reflect the UAE’s unwavering approach, established by the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and following the directives of the UAE’s leadership to consistently support and provide urgent response to nations during crises and disasters.

For his part, Rex Gatchalian, Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Republic of the Philippines, expressed his appreciation to the UAE and its wise leadership for its humanitarian response and solidarity with the Philippines during times of need.