EU donates 2 million euros (P121.7 million)in humanitarian aid for Mindanao

EU donates 2 million euros (P121.7 million)in humanitarian aid for Mindanao




The European Union commits to the Philippines anew.

Despite being the topic of the fierce tongue lashing of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, it did not stop them in lending their helping hand to Filipinos in Mindanao.

The European Commission has allocated 2 million euros or roughly P121.7 million in humanitarian aid in  order to provide life-saving assistance to people living in the conflict-torn provinces in Mindanao.

Displaced Indigenous people in Sultan Kudarat when fighting between the government troops and the New People's Army (photo credit to owner)

 

“Hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes due to continued conflict in the Mindanao region. They left everything behind and are struggling to sustain their day-to-day lives,” Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said.

“This assistance underlines the EU's solidarity with the people of the Philippines. It will ensure that the most vulnerable have sufficient means to get through these difficult times,” Stylianides said.

The EU Delegation in Manila, took note of the violence in southern Mindanao, which has already displaced hundreds of thousands of Filipinos.

The EU cited the records that show that at least 500,000 people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance in the region, including the more than 270,000 displaced people and some 100,000 out-of-school children in the area.

"With access to basic services hampered and livelihoods disrupted, humanitarian needs in the region remain high. Most recently, fighting between government forces and armed groups have displaced over 50,000 people since the beginning of July," the delegation said.

The funding was channeled through European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), it will focus on the following : including food, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene assistance, and emergency education, as well as increased protection of affected communities.

As per records since 1996 the first recorded humanitarian assistance provided by EU, it has already allocated more than 117 million euros in emergency assistance to victims of conflict and natural disasters in the country.

 

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