by: Tom Regan Updated:ATLANTA —
A former president of the Philippines, who has family in metro Atlanta, held a fundraising event Friday night to raise money in the ongoing relief effort to assist victims of the November 2013 typhoon disaster in the Philippines.
Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was the strongest and deadliest typhoon to hit the Southeast Asia nation. As of January 2014, the death toll exceeded 6,000 and bodies are still being found.
"The recovery process will take years. There are more than a million victims of Yolanda," said Former President of the Republic of the Philippines Fidel Valdez Ramos.
Ramos, who led the Philippines from 1992-1998, told Channel 2's Tom Regan the vast rebuilding project included homes, schools and power grids.
"It also includes agriculture -- the livelihoods of people," said Ramos.
The former president said the typhoon hit just a month after a powerful earthquake shook Bohol and Cebu.
"So it was a double whammy. Our government is taking the necessary action," Ramos said.
The former president of the Philippines founded the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation which seeks to promote sustainable democracies and effective government through socioeconomic diplomacy. The organization held a reception and silent auction at the World Trade Center at the City Club of Buckhead.