UK offers P1.1B for Yolanda rehab

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MANILA -- The United Kingdom is extending P1.1 billion in longer-term support for reconstruction and recovery in areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

UK ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad disclosed this on his Twitter account Tuesday.

UK International Development Secretary Justine Greening added longer-term UK support will help rebuild homes in the Philippines and get people back into jobs.

The UK government added the aid aims to help "rebuild homes in the Philippines and get people back into jobs."

Greening said British money and expertise will "help rebuild homes, get people back into work, and protect the most vulnerable, especially girls and women."

She added that by supporting the reconstruction and recovery effort in the Philippines, "we are helping the victims of Typhoon Haiyan rebuild their lives and secure a better future."

The UK government said it is providing the money and expertise needed to start the longer-term recovery of the Philippines and the restoration of livelihoods and buildings destroyed by the typhoon.

It said UK support will help people to earn an income again, by "providing rice seeds, restoring irrigation systems on farms, and re-establishing fisheries."

Also, the UK will offer British experts to advise on how to protect girls and women during the recovery.

It will also advise how the Philippines can prepare for future weather disasters.

Meanwhile, business specialists will offer advice on restoring infrastructure and jobs.

The UK will also provide additional support to help the Philippine government’s plans for recovery and reconstruction, including:

- constructing permanent housing where homes have been damaged
- restoring public infrastructure which has been destroyed
- rebuilding schools and hospitals and other social services, and helping them to prepare for future disasters
- restoring rural production systems by reconstructing irrigation for farming, replanting coconut trees, and re-establishing fisheries
- helping people get back into work through skills training and entrepreneurial programs. (JK/Sunnex)

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