EU assists PH after two damaging typhoons
European Union assists Philippine government following twin typhoons
MANILA – With the recent strong typhoons “Rolly” and “Ulysses” that severely damaged parts of the Philippines last month, the European Union and its Member States committed and delivered at the soonest time possible more than €6.456 million or P380,123 million in humanitarian assistance to the country.
In a statement released late Friday morning, the EU said the assistance was on top of the important contributions of the EU and its Member States to the emergency funds of multilateral humanitarian institutions that reposted to the needs created by the typhoons, including the UN OCHA (CERFR) and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (DREF)
Among the EU member states who contributed to the assistance were Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Netherlands and Sweden in addition to the EU – ECHO.
The European Union commends the Philippine Government for the acceleration of the recovery efforts and for addressing the humanitarian concerns brought by the two strong typhoons.
Aside from the humanitarian assistance, before, during and after these typhoons affected the country, the EU employed the use of Copernicus space program which draws on a large number of space and in-situ (on-site or local) measure systems.
The programme is supported by a family of dedicated EU-owned satellites – the sentinels – designed to meet the needs of Copernicus services and their users. Among the many features of the program is its ability to monitor the earth to ensure that people are prepared and protected during disasters and its promotes free and open use of its information for all its users. (Melo M. Acuña)