RP to get UN support in 'Juan's' wake


Posted at Oct 19 2010 07:05 PM | Updated as of Oct 20 2010 03:05 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has secured the support and assistance of the United Nations (UN) in helping those affected by super typhoon Juan (international codename: Megi) in the country.

“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,” said Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN in New York.  

The OCHA is the arm of the UN Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure coherent response to emergencies.  

Alf Ivar Blikberg, OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer, said 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.