The Philippines coped with the aftermath of destruction caused by Typhoon Odette (international name Rai) on December 16, damaging infrastructure and agriculture and affecting an estimated 3.95 million Filipinos. In response to this devastating event, the international community and a number of organizations provided immediate assistance to support the Filipinos in their recovery efforts.
Taiwan Association Inc. and the Love From Koten Foundation donated P 2.7 million and P 2 million in disaster relief.
An aerial shot showed the effect of Typhoon Odette in Siargao. PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIC Manila / Ronald Al Jurado, SIKAT via OXFAM
Relief goods and supplies from Japan arrived in Manila through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
USAid facilitated the distribution of food packages and set up emergency logistics centers in Surigao del Norte.
Unicef ââsent emergency supplies to meet the populations’ needs for drinking water, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, education and child protection. PHOTO COURTESY OF UNICEF / Ernesto Casiple
US aid exceeds one billion pesos
The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAid), is allocating additional humanitarian aid of 950 million pesos to help communities affected by Typhoon Odette, bringing full support of the United States to this response to more than 1 billion pesos.
With this assistance, USAid will provide food aid; water, sanitation and hygiene programs to help people stay healthy; and shelter support to meet emergency needs and help affected communities start rebuilding their homes.
The new funding comes on top of the 50 million pesos announced earlier this week to support emergency logistics efforts to ensure aid is delivered to those in hard-to-reach areas. This assistance also builds on the Â£ 10million USAid provided immediately after the storm for food, water and hygiene supplies; restore water supply services and sanitation facilities; and to support hygiene promotion activities.
To show U.S. support for the American people, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines (CDA) ChargÃ© d’Affaires ai Heather Variava plans to visit communities affected by Typhoon Odette and see U.S. relief activities in Classes.
Japanese disaster relief goods arrive
Relief items from Japan to the Philippines, in light of the devastation caused by Typhoon Odette, arrived in Manila on December 23. Relief items and supplies will be distributed to affected communities in the hope of supporting the relief efforts of the Philippine authorities.
Disaster relief items include generators, camping tents, sleeping pads, portable water jerry cans / containers, plastic sheeting / sheets to cover the roof, cord reels and plug sets adapters.
The said disaster relief goods and supplies arrived in Manila in two lots, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
When relief arrived, Japanese Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko expressed his sincere condolences to all those affected by the disaster and reassured Japan’s efforts to come to the aid of the populations of the areas affected by the typhoon. This includes the urgent consideration of financial support to the government of the Philippines. He hopes the disaster relief supplies will ease the hardships those affected have experienced.
Taiwan and Taiwanese community join forces to help PH recover
To help those affected by the recent Super Typhoon Odette return to normal life and demonstrate the spirit of “Taiwan can help, and Taiwan can help!” On behalf of the government of Taiwan, Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu presented the donation of US $ 500,000 to the Philippines as a disaster relief fund at a handover ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs December 22. The President and Resident Representative of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Wilfredo Fernandez, accepted the donation on behalf of the Government of the Philippines.
The people of Taiwan share the same feeling when the people of the Philippines suffer from Super Typhoon Odette. Taiwan Association Inc. and the Love From Koten Foundation donated P 2.7 million and P 2 million in disaster relief. MECO’s Vice President Eddie Tamondong received the donation at a handover ceremony held at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines on December 23.
Representative Peiyung Hsu expressed Taiwan’s sincere condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims. Tamondong expressed his sincere gratitude to the Government of Taiwan, Taiwan Association Inc. and the Love From Koten Foundation for their kind assistance on behalf of the Philippines.
UNICEF sends supplies to affected areas
After Typhoon Odette caused extensive damage in the Philippines on December 16, the needs of children and families in affected areas become clear. According to initial estimates, around 845,000 children are in urgent need of assistance. Immediate needs include food, water, medicine, clothing, personal protective equipment (PPE), kitchen equipment, family kits with sleeping materials, hygiene kits, shelter temporary, disaster kits, tents for health facilities and transport bags.
UNICEF staff are in the field conducting assessments and leading the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Nutrition, Education and Child Protection clusters with the Philippine government and its partners. Unicef ââemergency supplies are ready to be sent to meet the needs of the populations in terms of drinking water, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, education and child protection . water disinfectants, two collapsible bulk water tanks, 50 emergency latrine kits and 25 tents for district hospitals and rural health units were shipped from the Unicef ââfield office to Mindanao in the city of Cotabato on the islands of Dinagat, Siargao, Surigao City and Surigao del Norte. The kits contain items such as buckets of water, soaps, toothpaste, and sanitary napkins.
Unicef ââalso calls for prioritizing the needs of children for the response.
UN calls for $ 107 million in life-saving aid
The humanitarian country team in the Philippines launched the Humanitarian Needs and Priorities (HNP) plan on December 24 to respond to the needs of 530,000 people in the most affected areas of CARAGA and the Eastern Visayas following the attack on Typhoon Odette. The HNP plan calls for $ 107.2 million to help the government meet the most urgent humanitarian needs over the next six months. The plan was developed based on the results of a preliminary assessment and initial estimates of the number of people in need to enable humanitarian partners to initiate immediate rescue and protection activities, focusing on women, girls and people with disabilities living in areas hardest hit by the typhoon. Odette.
On December 22 and 23, Gustavo Gonzalez, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, visited CARAGA and Surigao province to see firsthand the damage caused by the typhoon. During the mission, he spoke with local officials, frontline responders and those affected by the typhoon.
With the government leading the response efforts, the PNH seeks to provide water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), basic food needs, emergency shelter, including effective management of evacuation camps, decentralized communication to restore access to islands and places that are currently cut off, and government coordination support, among others.
The United Nations Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) allocates $ 12 million in humanitarian funds to Unicef, UNFPA, WFP and IOM. CERF is one of the fastest and most effective ways to ensure that urgently needed humanitarian assistance reaches people affected by crisis. CERF’s rapid response window allows the UN to immediately launch relief efforts in a coordinated and prioritized response when a new crisis arises.