Ireland sends further supplies to the Philippines – Minister Costello01 December 2013
Ireland has dispatched a further 16 tonnes of life-saving supplies to the Philippines, Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, T.D., announced today.
The shipment of water and sanitation materials will help to protect vulnerable communities against disease in the worst-affected areas of the Philippines.
Further assessment of the needs on the ground will be made by the five members of Ireland’s Rapid Response who have deployed to assist UN agencies involved in the relief effort.
The team consist of one engineer, two electrical engineers, an information management officer and a civil-military coordination officer. They are supporting the work of the World Food Programme, UNICEF and the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs in the Philippines.
The shipment, from Irish Aid’s pre-positioned stocks in the UN’s Humanitarian Response Depot in Malaysia, will arrive in the Philippines early tomorrow [Mon December 2]. In total 166 tonnes of materials have now been airlifted by Irish Aid to the region. Ireland’s total contribution to the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort stands at €3.62 million.
Amongst the stocks, which will be distributed by Plan Ireland from tomorrow, are:
- 9,000 jerry cans
- 6,500 mosquito nets
- 600 pickaxes and spades
- 50 water distribution ramps
- 24 5,000 litre water tanks
- 25 10,000 litre water tanks
Announcing the airlift, Minister Costello, said:
“This additional airlift is part of our overall support to our NGO partners working in the Philippines. These supplies will provide important water and sanitation services, which are vital to help protect the most vulnerable communities against disease.”
This latest shipment is worth more than €120,000.
01 December 2013