UN to raise P2.7B for rehabilitation of areas devastated by typhoon Pablo


Luiza Carvalho, country officer for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs announces the launch of a $65-million (P2.7-billion) global aid appeal to help survivors of Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) in Davao City on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. AFP PHOTO/JASON GUTIERREZ

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—The United Nations on Monday unveiled in Davao City an action plan to rehabilitate areas devastated by typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) in Mindanao—particularly the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental—and launched a global campaign to raise some P2.7 billion to back it up.

Luiza Carvalho, UN humanitarian coordinator, who visited the affected areas, said she had seen the total devastation of areas hit by Pablo (international code name: Bopha) and called the destruction “beyond imagination.”

“Areas have been completely devastated, only a few damaged buildings still standing,” Carvalho said.

Carvalho said while Pablo’s death toll was shocking—with one town alone losing more than 400 lives—the plight of those who survived the onslaught has been worrisome.

“Entire communities, including pregnant women and children, have no shelter,” she said in a press release sent to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Carvalho said the UN would work closely with Manila “as long as it takes to get everyone back on their feet,” adding that livelihood has been erased and the victims would have no means of immediately supporting themselves.

She said in areas she visited, she saw farms wiped out and plantations very different from what they previously looked like and could not even be mistaken for plantations anymore.

“This devastation cannot be erased overnight,” she said.

Carvalho said under the short-term stage of the UN action plan, the immediate needs of the victims would be fulfilled.

She said these would include food, water, medicine and shelter.

Carvalho said under the long-term component of the UN action plan, survivors would undergo psycho-social therapy sessions to help them recover emotionally.

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  • green

    when UN helps there is always strings attach. and one of which is the pressure to approve the RH BILL.

    • Pinoy_Reich

      At least we got funds for rehabilitation, how about the bishops who wants WWIII against RH? What do they we get from them?

      • kanoy

         ZERO from the POPE & HIS POPETTES,,,,ZERO from the VAST GREEDY WEALTH of the VATICAN!! shameful

    • kanoy

       which we should have had years ago,,,we have lost twice as many mothers and babies as we have flood victims due to lack of prenatal care…its time to save the lives of our newborns and mothers..the nuns in the USA have taken a stand for mothers its time we do as well PASS THE RH BILL

    • kanoy

       oh this is sweet….protect & keep the pedophile priests…turn against & lose the nuns…..(CNN) – The leadership representing most of America’s
      nuns came out swinging Friday against the leaders of the Roman Catholic
      Church, in the face of charges from the Vatican that the nuns are
      espousing “radical feminism” and straying from church teaching.
      Church experts say that the nuns have a few options in responding to one
      of the most powerful offices in the church. They could accept the
      assessment, negotiate or resign en masse and form a new group outside
      the watchful eye of the Vatican.

  • Your_King

    This devastation cannot be erased overnight indeed. However, these less fortunate victims who are suffering can be forgotten and erased from Aquino’s mind in a couple nights. 

  • NoWorryBHappy


  • Jon

    Thank you U.N. for helping out in a job that the government is clearly not up to.

  • calixto909

    May the gov’t  give these mentioned aids to the affected victims without a tale of corruption to be known in any newspapers in the near future because tales of wo had been told and retold about some people who enriched themselves from these humanitarian aids.

    • kanoy

       olit olit may the UN not be STUPID and turn ANY money over to this government…instead may the UN send in their own people to oversee the work and payments for the work are all completed properly

  • Raul

    Go U.N Go. Thank you very much. China donate 30k then with interest. 

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