Irish Government experts travel to the Philippines



Government experts will travel to the Philippines tomorrow to assess how Ireland can further assist the country as it recovers from the effects of Typhoon Haiyan.

The team will comprise of representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish Defence Forces. They will travel to the Philippines on Wednesday where they will meet the Filipino Government, U.N agencies and NGO’s in Manila.

Eamon Gilmore said “Although the world’s cameras are moving on, millions of Filipino citizens remain homeless, their livelihoods destroyed and their families at risk. Ireland is committed to helping them rebuild their lives over the coming months… We have charged the team with assessing how Ireland can be most effective in responding to the longer-term needs of communities in the Philippines”.

On completion of the mission, the team will outline their recommendations of how Ireland can continue to support the Filipino people.

Ireland has already donated €2.6 million in funding to the relief effort with three airlifts of shelter, water, sanitation and other emergency services to the worth of €845,000 have also been offered.

Aer Lingus provided a flight that departed Dublin airport yesterday morning with over 40 tonnes of aid with help from the Irish agency GOAL.

Goal Irish chief executive Barry Andrews said “Once again, the people of Ireland have been extremely generous… I would like to sincerely thank everyone at Aer Lingus for arranging and putting on this flight, and for the cockpit, cabin crew and operations staff employees, who volunteered their free time”.

Typhoon Haiyan left almost 7000 people dead or missing when it ravaged through the Philippines in early November.

Gavin Lacey