UCAN needs your support
You are why we do what we do - report, describe, comment, review. It is to bring to your eyes just what life is like for believers across Asia that we publish UCAN.
But as you know, the effort needs to be sustained if it is to have continuing effect.
UCAN publishes some 150 stories a week in four languages across six websites. We are grateful to benefactors in Europe and the US who support us. But those countries and the Church there are under increasing financial strain and their generosity no longer covers our costs.
We need financial help from our readers to sustain our efforts. Our reporters, editors, video producers and photographers all have families and we need to support them. They do excellent jobs, but they can't do their jobs for nothing.
Will you help us to sustain UCAN? Please click here to help.
Thanks in anticipation.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Philippines still reels from quake as EU offers aid
Around 280,000 in shelters after homes destroyed
A girl walks past a damaged home in Maribojoc, Bohol (Vincent Go)
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- October 31, 2013
The European Union today announced that it is allocating $3.4 million in humanitarian assistance to some of the 350,000 people who lost their homes and livelihoods following an earthquake which shook the central Philippine province of Bohol on October 15.
"We have seen the destruction and suffering caused by the powerful earthquake," said EU ambassador Guy Ledoux in a statement. “We stand by the people of the Philippines in this hour of need and this EU assistance reaffirms our commitment to immediately respond to the needs of the families affected by the disaster."
The funding will be used to deliver emergency relief in the sectors of shelter, water and sanitation, primary health care and the management of evacuations sites.
Ledoux said humanitarian aid experts noted that most houses in the towns of Calape, Maribojoc, and Loon collapsed and access to services was difficult. Primary health care and potable water supplies were also limited due to broken pipes.
Japan earlier this week also extended $385,000 in emergency relief goods to Filipinos affected by the 7.2 magnitude quake. The Japanese embassy in Manila on Tuesday said the government extended the aid, which includes tents and plastic sheets, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
"In the face of these serious damages and in light of strong bonds existing between Japan and the Philippines as strategic partners, the government of Japan made this decision to extend emergency assistance for humanitarian aid for those affected," the embassy said.
Meanwhile, Marlea Muñez, executive director of the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples, said providing funds for relief operations "will never be enough," especially for tribal communities affected by the disaster.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said at least 218 people were killed while 790 were injured in the deadly quake. Some 3.2 million people were affected, while around 350,000 people have been displaced, with 80 percent living in makeshift shelters outside their homes and in open public places.