Government of the Philippines is donating one million United States dollars to help contain and prevent spread of Ebola virus. In a press briefing held November 7 at Villamor Airbase, President Aquino told media that the government is contributing the amount.
“You may have heard of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Just this August, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this disease a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. As part of the international community, what happens to them, will certainly have an effect to us,” Aquino said.
“That’s why, as a contribution, our country is giving at least one million dollars to the United Nations to help in their efforts to stop the spread of the Ebola virus disease,” the President explained.
He also noted that there are approximately 10 million Filipinos working abroad and “it is the obligation of the state to secure the welfare of all these Filipinos wherever they may be.”
President Aquino said the government has enough funds to help Department of Health.
As part of government’s effort to prevent Ebola from entering the country, peacekeepers from Liberia – though negative from the virus – will be quarantined in Caballo Island, east of Corregidor Island, for 21 days.