Philippines

Typhoons Appeal No.26/2004 Operation Update No.2

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The Federation’s mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

In Brief Appeal No. 26/04; Operations Update no. 2; Period covered: 9 – 21 December 2004; Appeal coverage (received/pledged/indicated): 72%

Appeal history: · Preliminary appeal launched on 2 December 2004 for CHF 2,011,000 (USD 1,749,036 or EUR 1,316,738) for three months for 250,000 beneficiaries. · Appeal revised on 15 December 2004 for CHF 4,193,878 (USD 3,634,146 or EUR 2,731,487) for six months for 60,000 families (some 300,000 beneficiaries). · Final report is due in September 2005. · Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 150,000.

Outstanding needs: approximately CHF 1.175 million (USD 1,017,500 or EUR 764,820)

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: Southeast Asia Annual Appeal 01.66/2004 and 05AA057

Operational Summary: Following a joint launch with the UN Flash Appeal on 15 December in Manila, several Red Cross Red Crescent societies, through further approaches to their national governments and/or public fundraising have pledged/indicated additional contributions to the Federation’s revised appeal. More partner support, however, is needed to ensure full, timely and quality humanitarian assistance to the most affected population.

Working prudently within the present resource mobilisation framework, the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) with the support of the Federation delegation in Manila, has been developing an implementation plan in coordination with its chapters and local government units to step up its longer term operation while continuing emergency activities in the worst affected areas. Tendering for most of the relief goods has progressed expeditiously and procurement of the major items is nearing completion, with distribution on schedule to start early in the new year. An experienced finance delegate for the newly established Federation delegation in the Philippines is urgently sought.