• German government pledges P950M reconstruction fund


    The German government, through the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has pledged P950 million (16 million euros) for the reconstruction of areas destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda.

    BMZ Federal Minister Dirk Niebel said that the funds are committed to the medium and long-term rehabilitation of several areas in the Visayas, specifically for rebuilding much-needed schools, hospitals and municipal infrastructure, as well for the implementation of disaster prevention measures.

    The 16 million euros comes as additional aid from the German government, which earlier had committed 6.5 million Euros in humanitarian aid for the immediate relief of the victims of the typhoon. The most recent commitment raises the German government’s total contributions so far to 22.5 million euros (P1.35 billion).

    An overwhelming response to the call for aid for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda was also given by the German civil society. Besides the funds provided by the German government, 49.6 million euros (P3 billion) have been received for the emergency relief of the victims of Yolanda in the Philippines by the fund-raising alliances Aktionsbündnis Katastrophenhilfe (Action Alliance for Humanitarian Emergency Response) and Aktion Deutschland Hilft (Germany’s Relief Coalition) alone.

    Other German NGOs outside these alliances are also directly performing relief operations in several areas in the Visayas affected by the typhoon. On top of these relief efforts, the German business sector has mobilized humanitarian aid provision in the Philippines by providing substantial financial and logistical assistance to ongoing relief operations.


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