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The Netherlands and the Philippines are to work more closely together in the fight against human trafficking. This was announced today by foreign minister Bert Koenders following talks with his Philippine counterpart, Albert del Rosario. The two ministers also discussed existing cooperation on maritime affairs and in the field of water management.
The Dutch government is deploying a second military aircraft to transport emergency aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan this week. The aircraft will probably leave for the Philippines from Eindhoven airbase on Thursday. It will carry 30 tonnes of emergency aid, mainly surgical equipment and medicines.
• The European Commission has provided €20 million to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): €10 million in humanitarian aid to support emergency relief operations and €10 million to assist with recovery and rehabilitation.
Via the Red Cross and the United Nations, the Netherlands is donating €2 million to assist the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen is releasing the money on top of the €50,000 that was given yesterday via the Dutch Red Cross to provide immediate assistance.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will turn over basic rescue equipment and first aid kits worth more than PHP 500,000 to six barangays in Agusan Del Sur and six barangays in Surigao Del Norte over the weekend.
The turn over of rescue equipment is part of the PRC 5-year community capacity building project which started last year in partnership with Netherlands Red Cross, funded by Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, amounting to a total of PHP 75.6 million.