Press Releases, 11/29/2013
Finland grants 2.7 million euros in humanitarian assistance to the Philippines
Press release 248/2013
28 November 2013
By decision of Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto on 28 November, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs granted 2.7 million euros in humanitarian assistance to the Philippines, to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The aid will be delivered to the Philippines via the Finnish Red Cross and Finn Church Aid and through the World Food Programme (WFP).
Finland’s assistance will be used for things that are the most urgent after the disaster: shelter, supply of food and water, and health care. Despite the difficult circumstances, some of the assistance has already reached its destination.
“It’s excellent that domestic organizations started off so quickly. It is also highly positive that Finns have wanted to help the disaster victims, and a considerable sum has been collected through private donations. However, long-term assistance will continue to be needed for people who have lost their homes, orphans and others in distress,” says Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto.
Although the Philippines were well prepared for the disaster, outside help is needed in a crisis of this magnitude. Finland also notes the reconstruction needs following the typhoon. Finland extends 350,000 euros to the fund being established by the Asian Development Bank for the reconstruction of the typhoon-ravaged areas of the Philippines.
“Reconstruction must be launched immediately, alongside humanitarian assistance. Preliminary needs estimates have already been made. In all, 3.5 million people have had to leave their homes. They must be ensured basic services and the possibility to return home as soon as possible,” Minister Haavisto says.
Additional information: Director Anna Gebremedhin, Unit for Humanitarian Assistance, mobile tel. +358 40 583 0149
Sums granted, in total 2,689,217 euros
- Support from the Finnish Red Cross to the relief operation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, in total 1,280,000 euros.
- Finn Church Aid, 400,000 euros
- World Food Programme WFP, 1,009,217 euros