Civic, humanitarian groups launch international appeal for victims of 'Juan'

October 29, 2010 12:49 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 29 -– Civic and humanitarian groups on Friday called the on international community leaders for financial help and any assistance in kind for the victims of Typhoon “Juan”.

Among those calling for help are the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).

For its part, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said it has launched an international appeal seeking 4.2 million Swiss francs (US$ 4.3 million/EUR 3.1 million).

The funds will support ongoing relief and recovery efforts carried out by the Philippine Red Cross which has been assisting affected communities since the typhoon struck the northern part of the country last Monday, claiming 31 lives and causing severe damage across four regions.

It is estimated that 427,300 families (two million people) have been affected by the typhoon, with 8,000 people sheltered in 22 evacuation centers.

National and local emergency and rescue teams from the Red Cross have been active on the ground.

A rapid survey of the damage revealed an urgent need for shelter materials, since 31,000 houses have been destroyed and 118,000 are estimated to be partially damaged.

“Survivors continue to trickle out of evacuation centers, not because they have homes to return to, but to salvage whatever they can. They need every support to rebuild their lives and to live in dignity,” says Richard Gordon, Philippine Red Cross chairman.

The Philippine Red Cross has provided and continues to provide food and non-food items to the most vulnerable families in the hardest hit provinces.

The national headquarters dispatched additional relief supplies to enable its chapters to serve people displaced by the typhoon in the worst-affected provinces of Cagayan, Kalinga, Isabela, La Union and Pangasinan provinces.

Also dispatched were tarpaulins to meet the immediate needs of 7,000 people in Isabela.

As of 25 October, Red Cross chapters had served around 16,000 people with relief supplies such as food, water storage containers and sleeping items.

The IFRC appeal will help the Philippine Red Cross to provide relief and early recovery support to 60,000 people across the five worst-hit provinces over the next 12 months.

The operation will focus on distributions of food and non-food items and shelter repair kits as well as providing essential water storage and hygiene items together with hygiene promotion.

For more information and interviews, please contact: In Manila, Ms Gwendolyn Pang, Secretary General, Philippine Red Cross, Tel: + 63 920 952 7268; Mr. Selvaratnam Sinnadurai, IFRC country representative Tel: + 63 920 903 1197; Mr. Necephor Mghendi, communications delegate, IFRC, Tel: + 63 92 84 71 2335; In Bangkok, Mr. Lasse Norgaard, regional communications delegate, IFRC Tel: + 66 89 63 57 177.

The corporate-led social development foundation Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) said it would continue until November 4 to accept donations for its disaster relief operations for victims of Typhoon Juan.

In the forefront of disaster relief efforts and resource mobilization, PBSP with its 230 member-companies is a member of the board of the Corporate Network for Disaster Response (CNDR) and the Phil. Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF).

Vicky San Juan-Co, manager of PBSP’s Membership Development Unit (MDU), has reported that the foundation’s Luzon Regional Operations group on late Monday evening was able to finish distributing 400 SPHERE relief packs to affected families in Brgy. Bliss in Ilagan town, Isabela province.

Based on international humanitarian standards, a SPHERE relief pack that is good for five days for a family of six is usually composed of eight to 10 kilos of rice, three cans of sardines, a half kilo of mongo, a pint of cooking oil, a kilo of sugar, a quarter kilo of iodized salt, a bar of soap, a half kilo of dried fish, and one non-food item such as a water container, a cooking pot, or a blanket.

Co said PBSP would still collect additional food and non-food items until November 4 for the next wave of relief operations.

“Our next site will be identified by the time we will be deploying the goods,” Co said, adding this would be done in coordination with PBSP partners including the CNDR, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and local government units in the typhoon-struck province.

She said households whose income primarily depends on agriculture had suffered the most from the recent typhoon.

With this, Co expressed PBSP’s gratitude to Ramcar Inc./Motolite and to the Armed Forces of the Phils. (AFP) for providing free transport of the relief goods from Villamor Air Base to Isabela.

She also expressed the foundation’s gratitude to companies who have already called in their support to the PBSP fund campaign for Typhoon Juan victims, including IBM Phils., MEDICard Phils., Holcim Phils., Quezon Power Phils. Ltd. Co., CDO Foodsphere Inc., Goodwill Bookstore, Manila Bankers Life Insurance Corp., PHINMA, and the Phil. Stock Exchange Inc. (PNA) LOR/JCA

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