Monday, February 11, 2013

Revised Typhoon Bopha/Pablo Response Action Plan for Recovery

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and its partners from the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) of the United Nations launched their appeal on Tuesday in Davao City for additional US million from donors to help communities devastated by typhoon "Pablo."

The group's launching of their appeal here was the second as they first launched it in Manila last January 25 hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

OCHA communications officer Eva Modrig, in an interview after the launch, said the additional funding would be used to implement 46 projects in 12 humanitarian sectors in "Pablo" devastated areas in Southern Mindanao specifically Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley provinces badly hit by the typhoon.

"This forms part of the Revised Typhoon Bopha/Pablo Response Action Plan for Recovery," she said.

Modrig said there was a need to raise the funds that would be used in the next six months due to enormous destruction of typhoon "Pablo" to affected communities and thousands of affected families in terms of permanent shelters, food security, agriculture, access to water, sanitation and hygiene services and recovery and re-establishment of livelihoods for affected communities.

The revised action plan actually needs an additional funding of US million. However, the group already raised 36 percent of the amount.

Thus, the group now is appealing for the US million funding gap, Modrig said.

Groups who donated to raise the 36 percent of the US-million additional funding came from UN agencies at 30 percent and non-governmental organizations at 70 percent. While separate donors came from other nations like United States (US), Australia, Japan, European Union (EU), Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, and Switzerland.

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