2,000 core shelters for Yolanda victims

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SAMAR: The European Union (EU) and the Philippines Red Cross on Wednesday officially handed over 2,000 temporary core shelters to families affected by Typhoon Yolanda in Samar. Another 1,000 families were given shelter repair assistance.

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EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux took the opportunity of the field visit to Samar to reiterate the need for a comprehensive approach to fight climate change.

“Climate change adaptation should form part of our daily lives as everyone holds a stake in environment protection and disaster risk reduction in the same manner that we must all do our share to cut our emissions”, he said adding the European Union adopted its climate change targets including a 40-percent cut in emissions by 2030.

The EU has contributed €30 million or P1.8 billion to families hit by Yolanda since 2013. Part of this assistance was used by the EU to provide assistance to affected families in Samar. Each shelter was built with the participation of families affected by the typhoon using the cash-for-work strategy. Construction of the houses started in April 2014 until end of December 2014.

Each house was built in six days and an agreement is made with the land owners. Each shelter is 18 square meters in size.

During the turnover ceremony, Ledoux commended stakeholders for their resiliency and for their efforts and collaboration to put their lives back to normal. He was joined by Spanish Red Cross head Ana Montoya, German Red Cross Head Emilio Tejeira, Finnish Red Cross Head Toni Jokinen, Philippine Red Cross Secretary-General Gwendoloyn Pang and Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon. Local government officials were also present during the meeting and turnover.

In the municipalities of Basey and Marabut in Western Samar alone, the EU provided P155 million worth of shelter assistance to around 15,000 people through the Spanish Red Cross with the German, Finnish and Philippine Red Cross as co-implementing partners.

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