The United Nations and its aid partners on August 4 announced a six-billion-peso humanitarian response program in the Philippines as the country faced the crippling effects of the novel coronavirus disease pandemic – the largest yet since the humanitarian crisis spawned by the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
The UN office in the Philippines said the plan aims to provide “critical health interventions and multi-sectoral humanitarian assistance” to 5.4 million of the poorest Filipinos located in epidemic hotspots.
The UN said the program targets Filipinos living in “poor, densely populated urban settings” and focuses on the safety and wellbeing of women and girls.”
Gustavo Gonzalez, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines, said, “The pandemic is challenging the capacity of response of any single country in the world. Our role is to make best use of our global knowledge and resources.”