EU, Israel and Japan provide assistance to typhoon victims; The Tzu Chi Foundation plans a recovery assistance program
The European Union (EU) on Thursday announced that it had allocated and delivered more than 2.83 million euros (P 160.69 million) in humanitarian aid to the Philippines, where the central and southern regions were devastated. last week by Typhoon Odette, internationally known as Rai.
“This initial assistance is in addition to significant contributions from the EU and its member states to emergency funds from multilateral humanitarian institutions which responded to the needs created by the typhoon,” he said in a statement. âSome other Member States are redirecting funding or contributing to these institutions. ”
The European bloc said its partner humanitarian organizations will also strengthen health services, including hygiene promotion to mitigate the spread of water-borne diseases.
Israel, through its envoys in the country, also provided assistance, initially to the hard-hit provinces of Cebu and Bohol.
Items delivered included solar power systems, food packages and hygiene kits.
âSolar panels will be useful for areas that do not yet have electricity. This technology is ready to use and requires little maintenance, âIsraeli Ambassador Ilan Fluss said in a statement.
âIn addition to the power supply problems, we noticed that the areas affected by the typhoon also suffer from a shortage of drinking water. This Israeli-made portable water purifier will give them access to clean drinking water, âsaid Deputy Chief of Mission Nir Balzam.
The Israeli Embassy is also donating a portable water purifier, four solar power systems, food packages and hygiene kits to Siargao.
The Japanese Embassy also announced Thursday the delivery of disaster relief goods, including generators, camping tents and water containers.
Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko said that in addition to these relief items, Japan is also considering providing financial support to the Philippine government.
Meanwhile, the Tzu Chi Foundation enlisted the help of leading technology and communications companies to plan a recovery assistance program.
The humanitarian organization also called for cooperation from other industries critical to the rehabilitation of areas affected by the typhoon, including logistics, real estate, financial services, payments and retail spaces.
Among the companies that joined a planning forum on Thursday include Globe Telecom, Inc., Digital Pilipinas, GeiserMaclang, Air21, Microsoft, Coins.ph, MAPUA and Etiqa.
Most of these companies have already provided various forms of assistance to areas affected by the typhoon.
âTzu Chi is not rich. But what we have are dedicated volunteers who do whatever they can to help, âsaid Peggy Sy, a Catholic nun and member of the foundation. – Alyssa Nicole O. Tan and Jaspearl Emeraude G. Tan