Monday, 11 November 2013 23:01

Emergency Response in the Philippines

MADRID, Spain. 

NGO InteRed, working in the Philippines since 1994, with the Teresian Association is organizing an emergency response to mitigate the most urgent needs in the devastated areas as a result of Typhoon Yolanda. Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda has affected over 4 million people in 36 provinces in the Philippines and more than 400,000 have been displaced.

1111-1InteRed, a Development NGO sponsored by the Teresian Association (TA), with offices in the Philippines and many international cooperation projects in the regions of Caraga and Bicol, has opened two bank accounts for the humanitarian emergency because of the enormous impact of typhoon Haiyan.

The disaster (covering a stretch of 600 km of the islands through the center of the Philippines) which caused the loss of thousands of lives, more than four and a half million people affected of which 400 thousand are displaced, has especially affected communities and poor families living in very poor conditions.

InteRed, which has been working in the Philippines since 1994, has developed an agreement with the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID )for more than five years, with a component on natural disaster prevention. Through this agreement, committees have been formed to be responsible for managing early warning evacuations and responding to emergencies.  These have proven effective to safeguard communities we work with.

Amalia Ledesma, TA representative in the Philippines, indicates that the 1111-2Teresian Association in the Philippines has also helped through its ​​school St. Pedro Poveda College, which has an emergency fund. The school has appealed to families and former students of the center to collaborate with the Fund, which is supporting twenty members of the TA whose families have been severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan.  The school will also coordinate efforts with InteRed to help others and to get to the poorest of the poor. 

The work in the most affected areas will be channeled through the Philippine organization PhilDHRRA (Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas) that is present in the regions of Tacloban (North of Leyte, one of the most devastated areas) and Capiz. Then they will identify new organizations through which to make aid effective, which is a most complicated task because of the collapse of means of transport and communications.

One of InteRed's local organizations with a presence in the areas affected by the catastrophic Typhoon is PhilDHRRA (Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas), mobilized for emergency care, is a national network of NGOs established in the Philippines in 1983, having as priority the development of rural, poor, and indigenous communities in the Caraga region. 
InteRed spokeswoman, responsible for cooperation projects in the Philippines, Aitziber Barrueta, explains that "the impact of floods and high winds has been in impoverished, rural communities which are engaged in agriculture and fishing for their livelihood, with are wooden houses that are unsafe to withstand high water and high winds. "

We need your help

In order to make a financial contribution, please use one of the following bank accounts:

Banco Santander:
 CCC: 0049 0356 58 2910601092

IBAN: ES23 0049 0356 5829 1060 1092

BIC or Swift of Banco Santander: BSCHESMMXXX

Triodos Bank for the Emergency Relief in the Philippines: 
CCC: 1491 0001 23 2085968028

IBAN: ES 1114910001232085968028


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