/ 28 November 2020

CHILDREN in typhoon-hit areas have started receiving aid from the supporters of the United Nations Children’s Fund, the agency said.

On November 25, UNICEF revised its appeal for help for Super Typhoon Rolly victims to include those who suffered from Typhoon Ulysses. The response amounted to P250 million.

UNICEF officials who joined the assessment mission cited the need for water, sanitation, and hygiene kits as well as child protection in typhoon-devastated areas.

The agency has so far received P115 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund and from individual donors, including P23.1 million in supplies. It called for urgent support to fill the P135 million funding shortfall to augment supplies and respond to the needs of children who face danger from weather disturbances forecasted until the end of 2020.

Around P6 million worth of supplies have been received by children and their families. These include hygiene kits, water quality testing equipment, generators, electrical pumps, latrines, water purification tablets, teachers and learners kits containing notebooks, crayons, blackboard and chalk, and child friendly space kits containing tents, toys, and foam mats.

“During emergencies, children are the most vulnerable. We thank those who have given their time, effort and resources to ease the suffering of children affected by the typhoons and the Covid19 pandemic. Our work is far from over,” Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov, UNICEF Philippines representative, said.

UNICEF delivered water tanks, water quality monitoring supplies, water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins, oral rehydration salts, ready-to-use therapeutic food, face masks, face shields, and tents for children and their families in Quezon, Rizal, Laguna, and Tuguegarao.