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The world governing body wants to help the Southeast Asian nation rebuild damaged facilities after it was hit by Typhoon Haiyan last year

A Fifa delegation recently finished a three-day assessment of Tacloban, located in the eastern island of Leyte in the Philippines, which was one of the worst hit areas when Typhoon Haiyan rocked the nation last November.

The trip was made following Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s offer of assistance to the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) in the wake of the natural disaster, with the Fifa Finance Committee recently giving a special USD$1 million grant for the rebuilding of damaged football infrastructure in the country.

Officials from the Leyte Football Association, one of the most active regional football organisations in the country, revealed that up to 15 footballers from the Tacloban region alone were fatal casualties.

The preliminary assessment made by Leyte FA president Dan Palami and the Fifa delegation stated that the grant would be used for the rebuilding of the football infrastructure in the Leyte region.

In addition, with the help of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Fifa, PFF and the Leyte FA plan to implement at least 20 grassroots clinics for as many as 10,000 affected children in the region by this year.

“Together with the PFF and the Leyte football authorities, we are committed to the rebuilding of football infrastructure in the Philippines," Fifa Director of Member Associations and Development, Thierry Regenass, said.

“The overall purpose is to contribute to the normalisation of football activities in the short term.”

Furthermore, on March 4, Fifa will join forces with UNDP for the 11th Match Against Poverty at the Stade De Suisse National Stadium in Bern, with proceeds from the game going towards recovery efforts.