A February 13, 2013, press release from the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic has extended financial assistance in the amount of $30,000 for the victims of typhoon Pablo (International name: Bopha) which hit the Philippines in December last year.
Lao Deputy Foreign Minister Bounkeut Sangomsak presented a cheque to Philippine Ambassador to Laos Maria Lumen B. Isleta at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vientiane on January 22.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sangsomsak expressed the sympathies and condolences of the Lao Government and people to those affected by the large-scale devastation caused by the natural disaster. He also said that Laos shares the pain and suffering of the Philippines and hopes that nature would spare the country from future major calamities.
Ambassador Isleta conveyed deep appreciation for Laos’ generous gesture and support during this difficult time. She also briefed Deputy Foreign Minister Sangsomsak on the continuing relief/reconstruction efforts in the affected areas including the extent of the loss and damage caused by the typhoon.