THE European Union (EU) is allocating €50,000 (approximately P3 million) to provide emergency humanitarian assistance for families affected by the increased activity of Mayon Volcano.
The aid, according to the EU Delegation in the Philippines, will benefit over 7,500 people in the worst-hit areas in Albay Province.
The EU funding will support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in delivering immediate assistance through the distribution of emergency shelter items, sleeping kits, primary health-care assistance and hygiene kits. The aid will also increase access to clean water supplies and sanitation facilities that will enable communities to maintain their good hygiene practices.
The grant is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Red Cross staff, volunteers and equipment are on standby for any further response support, according to the delegation.
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