Nagkausap noong November 12 sina Philippine President Noynoy Aquino at U.S. President Barack Obama.
Ipinaabot ng pinakamataas na opisyal ng United States of America ang pakikidalamhati sa Pilipinas dahil sa trahedyang idinulot ng super typhoon Yolanda—na may international name na Haiyan.
Tiniyak din ng gobyerno ng Amerika na tutulong ito sa Pilipinas upang mapabilis ang relief and restoration efforts sa mga napinsala ni Yolanda.
Narito ang opisyal na pahayag mula sa White House:
“Today President Obama spoke with President Aquino of the Philippines to express deep condolences on behalf of the American people for the lives lost and damage caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, one of the strongest storms to ever hit land.
“Over the weekend, the President directed the Administration to mount a swift and coordinated response to save lives and provide assistance to alleviate the suffering of so many Filipinos.
“President Obama discussed with President Aquino the need for a speedy assessment of what further American resources would be most helpful to assist in the Philippine recovery effort.
“In the days ahead, the United States will continue to work with the Philippines to deliver whatever help we can, as quickly as possible.
“The President affirmed that the thoughts and prayers of the American people go out to the millions of people in the Philippines affected by this devastating storm.”
“WHEN OUR FRIENDS ARE IN TROUBLE, AMERICA HELPS…” Kinabukasan, November 13, naglabas muli ng pahayag ang White House.
Iginiit nito ang kanilang suporta sa Pilipinas na itinuturing nilang matalik na kaibigan.
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of the Philippines as they mourn so many loved ones and neighbors lost in the awful destruction of Typhoon Haiyan.
“Here in the United States, we’re offering our support to our fellow Filipino-Americans who are worried for family and friends back home.
“The friendship between our two countries runs deep, and when our friends are in trouble, America helps.
“That’s why, as I pledged to President Aquino yesterday, the United States will continue to offer whatever assistance we can.
“Our support is rooted in the compassion and generosity of the American people who, time and again, have stepped up and helped those in need around the world.
“Today, I encourage Americans who want to help our Filipino friends to visit whitehouse.gov/typhoon, which offers links to organizations working in the Philippines and ways to support their efforts.
“With so many families and communities in the Philippines in urgent need of food, water, shelter and medicine, even small contributions can make a big difference and help save lives.”
Kaugnay nito, nasa Pilipinas na rin ngayon ang United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—ang sangay ng pamahalaan ng U.S. na tumutulong sa mga bansang dumaranas ng kalamidad o anumang trahedya—upang tumulong sa search and rescue operations.
Ayon pa sa statement, “The first American planes carrying emergency supplies and food for 10,000 families have arrived. U.S. ships, including the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, are on their way to the scene to help expand search and rescue operations, provide logistical support and medical care, and provide a platform for helicopters to move supplies to remote areas.”
“WE STAND WITH YOU ONCE MORE…” Sinabi rin ng White House na aabutin ng taon bago tuluyang makabangon ang mga nasalanta ng delubyo.
Ngunit naniniwala silang ang mga Pilipino ay matatag at may matibay na kalooban.
“Recovering from one of the strongest storms ever recorded will take years.
“But the strength, resilience and faith of the Filipino people are legendary, and the areas affected by this storm are some of the same places where Americans and Filipinos sacrificed together to liberate the Philippines during World War II.
“Today, our message to our Filipino allies is that we stand with you once more.
“In the difficult days ahead, we’ll do our part to help you recover. And as you rebuild from this terrible storm, you will continue to have a friend and partner in the United States of America.”