THE United Kingdom (UK) has pledged additional support to victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda to help them rebuild their homes and their lives.
UK’s International Development Secretary Justine Greening committed an additional P1.091 billion to the recovery effort, bringing the UK’s total contribution to over P5.4 billion.
The UK is providing the money and expertise needed to start the longer-term recovery of the Philippines and the restoration of livelihoods and buildings destroyed by the typhoon. By providing rice seeds, restoring irrigation systems and re-establishing fisheries, the UK will enable victims to earn an income again.
British experts also provide advice on how to protect girls and women during the recovery, and how to prepare for weather disasters. Specialists from businesses will also offer their expertise on restoring infrastructure and jobs.
“The UK was at the forefront of the international emergency response in the Philippines, getting vital humanitarian aid to hundreds of thousands of survivors. Now, British money and expertise will help rebuild homes, get people back into work, and protect the most vulnerable, especially girls and women. By supporting the reconstruction and recovery effort in the Philippines, we are helping the victims of Typhoon Haiyan rebuild their lives and secure a better future,” Greening said.
The UK will also help the Philippine government’s efforts to construct permanent housing, restore public infrastructure, rebuild schools and hospitals, restore rural production systems by reconstructing irrigation for farming, replanting coconut trees, and re-establishing fisheries and help people get back to work through skills training and entrepreneurial programs
During her visit to the Philippines last month, Greening announced over P363 million investment in resilience for up to four cities in the Philippines so that they can plan for and invest in flood protection and drainage systems.
British Ambassador Asif Ahmad said the victims of Yolanda have already shown that they want to work hard to restore their shattered lives.
“The people of Britain continue their massive fund raising effort to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. This is a strong message to the UK government from its citizens to sustain our work in the Philippines. Our hearts and minds are with Pinoys as they rise again from this tragedy,” he said.