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18 OCTOBER 2010
RP MISSION OBTAINS ASSURANCE OF UN SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE IN WAKE OF TYPHOON MEGI
18 October 2010 , New York – The Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations today obtained assurance from the United Nations of its support and assistance in dealing with the aftermath of typhoon Juan (international name Megi).
“We are in close contact and coordination with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). We have been able to secure their commitment to assist and support our efforts in helping those affected by typhoon Juan,” Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, said.
OCHA is the arm of the UN Secretariat that is responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure coherent response to emergencies.
Alf Ivar Blikberg, OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer, told Ambassador Cabactulan that the OCHA Country Office in the Philippines is already working closely with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (NDRRMC).
“As in previous natural disasters, OCHA stands ready to provide support as requested by your Government,” the UN official assured Ambassador Cabactulan.
A category five typhoon, Juan made landfall in the Sierra Madre mountain range of Isabela Province in northern Luzon last October 18.
According to OCHA, initial data on the humanitarian impact of the typhoon is still being collected, but preliminary data from the NDRRMC indicated that 4,614 people were affected. END
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