EU provides almost P63-M aid to support victims of Typhoon Rolly

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 5, 2020   •   462

The European Union (EU) will provide €1.3 million (almost P63 million) worth of aid to families affected by Typhoon Rolly.

EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič, in a statement, said the EU stands in solidarity with the Philippines. The contribution, he added, will support humanitarian aid partners in the Philippines to respond to the pressing needs of those most in need.

“It will not only cover the immediate needs of the most affected populations, but will also help the Filipino people restore their homes and livelihoods so they can get back on their feet as soon as possible,” he said.

Relief aid from the EU includes shelter, food and livelihood assistance, as well as access to clean water and health care.

Typhoon Rolly has affected over 2 million people across five regions in the country with over 500,000 people have been forced to flee their homes. AAC

EU assures PH to receive COVID-19 vaccines amid export restrictions

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The European Union (EU) assured to provide the Philippines with COVID-19 vaccines.

This was after President Rodrigo Duterte claimed that the EU has been holding up AstraZeneca vaccines by imposing export restrictions on various countries.

In a statement, the EU assured that Philippines is not among the countries with exportation restrictions. It also vowed to keep its promise of delivering COVID-19 vaccines to low and middle-income countries.

“The authorization mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines include a wide range of exemptions from prior authorization, to ensure the EU continues to fully honor its commitments to deliver the vaccine to our direct neighborhood and to 92 low and middle-income countries, including the Philippines, covered by the COVAX facility,” the EU said in a statement.

During his public address on Monday (February 1), Duterte said it is easy for the EU to restrict COVID-19 vaccines by imposing new measures, making it difficult for countries like the Philippines to get vaccines.

 “Iyong AstraZeneca, hinostage ng European Union, (AstraZeneca was held hostage by the European Union),” he said.

“We are not really as powerful as the EU, wala tayong connection, wala tayong pera (we don’t have connections, we don’t have money) Duterte added.” AAC

Taiwan donates disaster relief fund to Phl

Maris Federez   •   November 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has turned over to the Philippine government its donation for the country’s disaster relief operations.

Representative Peiyung Hsu of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines led the Taiwan delegation in the handing over of the donation worth US$ 200,000 as its “humanitarian assistance for the victims of the recent typhoons including Rolly and Ulysses, at a hand-over ceremony in TECO on 20 November 2020.”

A media release from TECO said Vice Chairman Gilberto F. Lauengco of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office accepted the donation on behalf of the Philippine government.

On the same occasion, Lauengco also received 700,000 pesos donated by Taiwan Association Inc. in the Philippines, the statement added.

TECO said, “As the closest neighbor of the Philippines, Taiwan expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families which lost their beloved ones in the aforementioned tragic disasters and extends a helping hand to the Philippines for its rehabilitation and recovery work.” — /mbmf

TESDA offers free skills training for residents in calamity-stricken areas

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said it will conduct free skills training in areas devastated by recent typhoons to help residents recover and revive their livelihood.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña gave this assurance as his agency conducted relief operations and turned over solar street light panels and portable charging stations in Marikina City and other affected communities in Region 2, Bicol, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA.

Lapeña said they are closely coordinating with local government units (LGU) to continue to deliver its programs and help those who have been displaced and rendered homeless by the spate of typhoons that hit the country in the previous weeks.

He said TESDA regional offices have been consulting LGUs and affected residents on the implementation of relevant training programs that could help them find livelihood opportunities.

Lapeña said post-calamity assistance will come in the form of free skills training on carpentry, electrical installation and maintenance, plumbing and other construction-related courses “to help those whose houses were damaged be able to rebuild their dwellings without the need to hire additional carpenters and electricians.”

“In this way, the residents themselves, once equipped with the right skills, can help one another in re-constructing their houses.  Malaking bagay ito na makakatipid sila sa gastusin sa pagpapatayo ng kanilang bahay na nasira ng bagyong Rolly at Uysses,” he said.

The TESDA chief said cookery training program will also be offered for free in evacuation centers and affected communities “as an immediate relief.”

“By implementing a training program on cookery, the evacuees and residents themselves will have the resources to prepare and cook foods for their own consumption and would not be heavily dependent on relief food packs,” he said.

“Once they finish these training programs, these skills will remain useful which they can use to pursue jobs or new livelihoods,” he added.

Lapeña said TESDA trainers will conduct the training at the nearest and most conducive site located in the affected areas so that the trainees will no longer have to travel to the training centers.

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