The European Commission is increasing its emergency aid to the Philippines following the massive destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan. During her visit to the country, Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has announced €7 million more in humanitarian aid.
This decision brings to €20 million the Commission's assistance to the Philippines in the aftermath of Haiyan (including emergency humanitarian aid of €3 million and €10 million of reconstruction assistance). Member States have also contributed around €25 million in financial aid in addition to generous in-kind support.
"The priorities now are restoring access to devastated parts of the Philippines and the urgent delivery of life-saving assistance. It is also imperative that we coordinate relief efforts so that everyone who needs help will receive it," Commissioner Georgieva said. She is travelling to Manila, Cebu and Tacloban to meet the national authorities, inspect the devastation and receive in-depth reports from the Commission's experts who have been deployed on the ground since the early hours of the disaster.
The new batch of EU aid will address the most acute needs such as food assistance, clean water, emergency shelter, health services and communication. EU funds also support coordination, transport and logistics, which is of crucial importance to delivering aid to survivors.