• 56 percent of Yolanda response plan funded: UN


    TACLOBAN CITY: Nearly six months after super typhoon Yolanda slammed into the central Philippines, foreign aid supporting the United Nations (UN) Strategic Response Plan (SRP) has already reached USD 441.26 or 56 percent of the USD 788 million requirement.

    As of Friday, aid from private individuals and organizations has reached USD 127.22 million, accounting to 28.8 percent of the total contribution for SRP, according to the UN’s Financial Tracking Service.

    So far, Canada has been the top donor to the recovery plan at USD 45.43 million, which accounts 10.3 percent of the total donations for SRP, the UN’s blueprint in responding to the immediate needs of the affected population.

    Other top 10 donors are the United Kingdom (USD 45.02 million), United States (USD 40.11) Japan (USD 30.50 million), European Commission (USD 28.19 million), Central Emergency Response Fund (USD 25.28 million) Australia (USD 20.62 million), Norway (USD 15.85 million), and Germany (USD 10.98 million).

    Of the USD 441.26 million, USD 3.32 million will be for camp coordination and camp management, USD 8.29 million for coordination, USD 31.94 million for early recovery and livelihood, USD 27.60 million for education, USD 73.79 million for emergency shelter, USD 1.78 million for emergency telecommunications, USD 121.03 million for food security and agriculture, USD 49.53 million for health, USD 22.38 million for logistics, USD 13.34 million for nutrition, USD 20.29 million for protection, and USD 61.53 million for water and sanitation.

    The SRP, which will be carried out until November 2014, was designed to complement the Philippine government’s Rehabilitation Assistance on Yolanda.

    Tagged as priority in the SRP are 171 municipalities in 14 provinces and six regions along Yolanda’s path. There are about 14 million affected people in these areas, according to the UN OCHA.

    The plan will directly reach out three million people where they will get direct assistance through programmes planned by the Food Security and Agriculture cluster interventions.

    Target population are three million for water, sanitation and hygiene; 2.2 million for camp coordination and camp management; 550,000 for education; 500,000 for emergency shelter; 300,000 for nutrition; 400,000 for early recovery and livelihood.

    “More than seven million people will benefit from support to health services and up to five million people will receive benefit from protection-related activities,” the plan stated.

    Listed as priority interventions under the plan are provision of shelter assistance for the emergency and recovery phases; food assistance, nutritional support and agricultural inputs; remove debris from public spaces and recycle for use in reconstruction; minimizing environmental impact, restore water systems and access to sanitation facilities in communities, schools and health care facilities. (PNA)


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