Jakarta: The governments of the United States (US), Australia, Germany and New Zealand have answered the call issued by the United Nations (UN) and humanitarian partners in the Philippines, mobilizing Php 734 million to aid some 260,000 Filipinos that have been severely affected by Super Typhoon Goni (local name: Rolly).
The Australian Government has provided Php 6.48 million through the Red Cross, World Food Programme (WFP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Family Planning Organisation of the Philippines (FPOP), and is preparing further assistance worth Php 28.52 million, for a total of Php36 million in aid. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Germany have coursed their assistance totalling Php150,000 through the UN Agency on Migration (IOM). The Government of New Zealand is providing a contribution of Php 7.2 million through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
"With support from resource partners, the UN and the humanitarian community translate international solidarity into concrete actions that combine emergency relief assistance and early recovery efforts to help people get back on their feet," UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Gustavo Gonzalez said in a press release on Thursday.
On November 9, a Humanitarian Needs and Priorities Plan (HNPP) amounting to USD45.5 million was launched by the UN to deliver assistance to typhoon-affected people requiring urgent humanitarian aid in 16 prioritized municipalities in Catanduanes and Albay provinces in support of the Government response. The HNPP will be updated in light of the impact of Typhoon Vamco (local name: Ulysses).
Gonzalez cited the support of the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, for fast-tracking a contribution to the relief efforts through the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
CERF is one of the fastest and most effective ways to ensure that urgently needed humanitarian assistance reaches people caught up in crises. CERF’s Rapid Response window allows the UN to kick-start relief efforts immediately in a coordinated and prioritized response when a new crisis emerges.