ERC helps Typhoon Ruby’s victims in the Philippines

ABU DHABI: Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) recently gave out 70,000 pieces of clothes to thousands of Filipinos displaced by Typhoon Ruby which hit Northern Samar provinces in the Philippines causing flash floods and landslides.

An ERC delegation in the Philippines capital city Manila distributed the aid in coordination with the Philippines Red Cross.

The UAE’s humanitarian major said that it will hand out an additional 90,000 pieces of clothes to more victims of the typhoon.

The ERC delegation, after having toured the affected areas to assess the damage caused by the storm, met with the Philippines Red Cross officials to procure aid from local markets.

Meanwhile, the ERC delegation inspected progress of the reconstruction of schools in the areas hit by Haiyan in two provinces of the Philippines in November last year.

In September, ERC signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the Philippine government whereby the UAE agency will build ten schools destroyed by typhoon Haiyan in two provinces of the Philippines in November last year.

ERC said that the agreements represent the first phase of its development efforts in the areas ravaged by the tropical cyclone, and followed its 2013 emergency relief operation to help the affected population.

The second phase of the agency’s reconstruction programme includes the restoration and refurbishment of a hospital in Western Samar at a total cost of AED2 million.

The ERC delegation led by Fahad Abdul Rehman also met with the officials of Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to discuss the building of a healthcare centre to serve the residents of remote areas outside the country’s capital city.

Abdul Rehman said that ERC’s efforts to help the victims of natural disasters in the Philippines are in response to the directives of the UAE’s wise leadership and that its efforts are being followed up by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and President of ERC.