The Dutch Embassy in Manila on Friday announced a EUR950,000 (about P55.5 million) disaster relief fund to help the Philippines weeks after typhoons Rolly and Ulysses battered the country.
Of the total aid, some EUR600,000 (about P35 million) will be provided by the Netherlands government while the additional EUR350,000 (about P24.4 million) was collected from the Dutch people by the Netherlands’ Red Cross.
The Embassy said the fund will be channeled through the Netherlands’ Red Cross and will focus on rebuilding damaged houses, basic needs and livelihood support, disaster risk reduction, health, sanitation and hygiene, and restoring family links.
“On behalf of the Netherlands government, I would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to the people of the government of the Philippines over the losses of lives, displacement of families, and the widespread damages to property and infrastructure,” said the Netherlands Ambassador to the Philippines Saskia De Lang.
The envoy said both countries are similarly vulnerable to extreme weather and noted that climate change worsens the situation.
“We stand with the Philippines in these difficult times and we will continue to cooperate on climate adaptation, water management, and disaster risk reduction. But for now, we focus on the immediate humanitarian response,” she said. SOVEREIGNPH