EU giving P160M for Typhoon Pablo victims

Posted at 12/11/12 9:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The European Union (EU) on Tuesday earmarked P160 million to help victims of Typhoon Pablo in the Philippines.

The funds will be used for support emergency response and relief,  according to Ambassador Guy Ledoux, head of the EU Delegation to the Philippines.

Ledoux said the bloc sent a team of experts on Saturday to Mindanao to identify specific needs of typhoon victims

The EU team went to Compostela Valley, Agusan de Sur, Surigao Del Sur, and Davao Oriental, which felt the brunt of the cyclone.

They found communities devastated by heavy rains, strong winds, sea surges, flash floods, landslides.

The EU fund will be used in distributing food and other relief items, repair of shelters, water and sanitation, cash transfer, improvement of health facilities, and psycho-social support, Ledoux said.

Around 165,000 people are expected to benefit from the donation.

On Wednesday, the Japanese government is also scheduled to hand over emergency relief goods to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for typhoon victims.

The P22-million aid includes tents, jerry cans, sleeping pads, and plastic sheets.