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‘Pablo’ victims still need help–UN

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MANILA, Philippines—A United Nations humanitarian agency has called for urgent help from the international community for the Mindanao provinces devastated by Typhoon “Pablo” and decades of conflict, saying the region still needed some $47 million (around P2 billion) for shelter and livelihood requirements this year.

Top officials of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Unocha) also said it was downsizing its presence on the ground in the typhoon-devastated parts of Mindanao as operations had shifted from immediate relief to long-term rehabilitation.

David Carden, the head of Unocha Philippines, said the $47 million, part of the $91 million call for aid that the agency made under its revised humanitarian action plan for central and western Mindanao, had remained unfilled as of this month.

“This revised plan will help us to meet the ongoing needs of those affected by Pablo, particularly in the areas of shelter, because people need shelter and livelihood,” Carden told a press conference on Thursday.

“The requirements are still there in the areas of shelter, education, sociopsychological rehabilitation. A lot of people who lost relatives, friends, they are recovering now and I’d say we don’t have much time… We have to move rather quickly,” said Rashid Khalikov, the Geneva-based Unocha director who headed a high-level team of aid officials and international donors who visited Maguindanao this week.

Carden said the revised call for aid aimed to “meet the humanitarian and protection needs of 530,000 affected people” in the region, including Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental which were severely hit by Pablo in December 2012.

The amount will cover some 105 projects in the disaster and conflict areas, particularly in the areas of shelter and income generation for those who survived the calamity.

The delegation from Unocha, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Philippine government on Thursday wrapped up a four-day mission that assessed the remaining humanitarian needs in central and western Mindanao, particularly in Compostela Valley and parts of Maguindanao.


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Tags: Compostela Valley , Davao Oriental , David Carden , Typhoon Pablo , United Nations , United Nations humanitarian agency , Unocha , Unocha Philippines , UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

  • boypalaban

    singilin ang mga nanalong pulitiko…

  • bogli_anakdami

    ay sus ginoo… dito mahusay ang mga flip gung gongs… tumingala sa langit at maghintay ng abuloy from UN…

    plis… plis… plis… send abuloy, ukay-ukay at limos dito sa flipland… maawa naman kayo… at kayo ay pagpapapalain ng flipgod, di ba? yun lang…

  • disqus_nBEsUalTvo

    Don’t expect too much help. This is an ongoing way of life. Typhoons, overpopulation, and poverty unfortunately are a way of life there.

    • kanoy

      HERE WE GOT THE RP NOT WILLING TO HELP ANY LONGER IN THE GOLAN HEIGHTS ”DUE TO THE DANGER” ASKING OTHERS FOR MONEY AND WORKERS TO BE PLACED IN DANGER OF KIDNAPPING AND MURDER–GO FIGURE
      $47 MILLION IS CHUMP CHANGE IN TAXES COLLECTED CONSIDERING THE USA CAN GENERATE $2.7 TRILLION IN TAXES IN JUST 10 YRS WITH IMMIGRATION REFORM
      CREATE JOBS IN THE RP
      END THE EASY WAY OUT OFW PROGRAM
      BRING THOSE BILLIONS OF LOST TAX $$$$ HOME
      DO WHAT YOU WAS ELECTED TO DO
      P350=$8.50 A DAY WAGE IS NOT ENOUGH FOR A FAMILY OF 5
      THAT IS SLAVE WAGESS

  • Crazy_horse101010

    i wonder if they would have been helped if this happened in luzon

  • wawa2172

    Ang UN alam na kailangan pa nang tulong ang Pablo victims. The Philippine government after election have forgotten the “timawas” affected by typhoon Pablo. Team PNoy got their votes so good riddance folks the politician will visit your place and deliver speeches three years from now.

  • disqusted0fu

    Everyone is aware that pablo victims need help… everyone but the Aquino government. It’s either that or they simply don’t care. There was even a time that it had to come down to the victims barging in the DSWD office just to get the sacks of rice that was meant for them but weren’t being distributed by the government

  • Ako_Hiking

    The Aquino Administration has apparently completely forgotten about the typhoon ‘Pablo’ victims. This is not the first time the UN has reminded and called for help for victims. It has been over 6 months and still those victims remain in desperate need of help. President should try and remember about these people and help them in some way.

  • kilabot

    with the onset of typhoon season,
    pablo victims will remain forgotten
    as new victims emerge.
    abnoying state of the nation.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    no fury from VP Binay and company after the election. He was photographed at the disaster site during election campaing but never heard from him after that? UNA oportunista. Making dumb donkeys of Filipinos



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