UN: Donations for Yolanda response plan now $348.30M
Tacloban City — Three months after super-typhoon “Yolanda” slammed into the Eastern Visayas, foreign aid supporting the United Nations (UN) Strategic Response Plan (SRP) has already reached US$348.30 million.
As of February 9, funding support from private individuals and organizations reached US$107.09, accounting for 30 percent of the total contribution for SRP, according to the UN’s Financial Tracking Service.
So far, the United States is the top donor to the recovery plan at $40.15 million, which accounts for 11.5 percent of the total donations for SRP, the United Nations (UN) blueprint in responding to the immediate needs of affected population.
Other countries that landed in the top 10 with highest contributions are the United Kingdom ($39.45 million), Japan ($24.09 million), Australia ($19.56 million), Norway ($15.84 million), Canada ($12.39 million), Germany ($10.31 million), Sweden ($5.69 million), Denmark ($4.80 million), and Russia ($3.56 million).
Also listed as major donors are the Central Emergency Response Fund ($25.28 million) and the European Commission ($11.68 million). UN agencies have an allocation of un-earmarked funds totaling $6.51 million for SRP.
Current contribution represents 44 percent of the $788.03 million total response plan needs.
The SRP, which will be carried until November, 2014, was designed to complement the Philippine government’s rehabilitation assistance on Yolanda.
Tagged as priority in the SRP are 171 municipalities in 14 provinces and six regions along Yolanda’s path. There are about 14 million affected people in these areas, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
The plan will directly reach out three million people who will be getting direct assistance through programs planned by the Food Security and Agriculture cluster interventions.
Target population are three million for water, sanitation and hygiene; 2.2 million for camp coordination and camp management; 550,000 for education; 500,000 for emergency shelter; 300,000 for nutrition; and 400,000 for early recovery and livelihoods.
Among the priority interventions under the plan are provision of shelter assistance for the emergency and recovery phases; food assistance, nutritional support and agricultural inputs; remove debris from public spaces and recycle for use in reconstruction; restore water systems and access to sanitation facilities in communities, schools and health care facilities. (PNA)
Other strategies are support for restarting of local government units; ensure revitalization of livelihoods in the rural and urban areas; re-establish and provide access to public health/clinical services with a focus on surveillance and early warning for diseases with epidemic potential; restart education including in temporary learning spaces; and strengthen national protection capacity. (PNA)