MANILA – The French government has allocated 2 million euros (approximately 115.5 million pesos) to support the relief efforts underway in the Visayas and Mindanao following the destruction caused by Typhoon Odette.
“Following the damage caused by super typhoon Odette (Rai), which claimed nearly 400 lives and displaced tens of thousands of people in the Philippines, France stands alongside the Filipino people,” the French ministry said. ‘Europe and Foreign Affairs in a press release. .
The French Embassy in Manila said at least € 1 million of the funding will be provided by the French non-governmental organization ACTED and the French Red Cross in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross.
“This aid includes the distribution of several thousand family and hygiene kits, as well as equipment for the emergency rehabilitation of destroyed or damaged houses in the provinces of Surigao Del Norte, Palawan and Bohol,” he said. precise.
France would send the remaining million euros to the World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in response to the UN appeal for PHP 5.45 billion to help children and families recovering from the impact of the typhoon.
WFP, UNICEF and several other United Nations agencies are on the ground providing essential relief items to affected communities.
Last week, French Ambassador to the Philippines Michèle Boccoz, accompanied by foreign and United Nations diplomats, visited Surigao and other affected areas to assess the situation of victims of the typhoon, which WFP said , is “always serious and urgent”.
“The most urgent needs are shelter, water and sanitation, protection of vulnerable people and food. We have to make sure that aid gets to those who need it most, ”said Boccoz.
“This emergency aid will provide thousands of hygiene kits to affected families and also help them rebuild their homes. France remains ready to support the Philippines in times of crisis, ”she said in a separate tweet. (ANP)