18 November 2020
Australia has committed an additional PHP 28.52 million to support the Philippine Government’s response to the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Rolly, particularly in the Bicol Region.
This commitment will contribute to the collective response from the humanitarian community in the Philippines and will directly assist 23,345 affected people including 2,990 women and girls including the pregnant and nursing mothers.
With this assistance, Australia will provide life-saving support to the most affected communities and municipalities in the Bicol Region to help them provide food for their families and repair their damaged homes. Australia will also support emergency medical teams to provide reproductive and maternal health care and counselling services.
“This support is even more critical following Typhoon Ulysses that caused further hardship for the people in the Bicol Region,” said the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven J. Robinson AO. “Australia stands with the Philippines in this time of need.”
“We have been coordinating with humanitarian partners in the Philippines to ensure our assistance is well-informed, targeted and supports the Philippine Government response.”
This additional commitment follows Australia’s immediate deployment of in-country prepositioned humanitarian supplies through the Philippine Red Cross and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) valued at about PHP 6.48 million. That assistance supported 1,000 vulnerable families and 1,400 women and girls, including pregnant and nursing mothers and 400 newborn babies, affected and displaced by Super Typhoon Rolly.
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