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Update on Philippine operations

tes-pilapil.jpgOctober 20 2015

The Philippines has been hit by yet another devastating typhoon. On Sunday 18 October, typhoon Koppu (also known as Lando in the Philippines) made landfall near the town of Casiguran on the island of Luzon, bringing winds of close to 200km/h and heavy rains. Oikocredit’s regional director for Southeast Asia, Tes Pilapil, reported from Manila that while Oikocredit staff and families were all safe, some Oikocredit partners on the island of Luzon had not escaped the devastation.

The typhoon struck the northern and central parts of Luzon, the largest and most populous island in the Philippines. At least 20,000 families have been evacuated, houses have been destroyed and rivers flooded. Oikocredit partners already reporting damage are ASKI, which operates in central Luzon and RSPI, and Abrasa which mainly covers northern Luzon. 

Ms Pilapil said: “We tried to get in touch with our partners in the affected area. RSPI cannot be contacted as communication lines in the region are down. ASKI has not been able to conduct a quick assessment as yet. The staff were affected so they are busy addressing their own situations in the aftermath of the typhoon. At the same time, they are also preparing for relief work to support the clients affected and displaced. Agricultural crops have been destroyed in these regions, large areas are without electricity and telephone communications and some islands are left isolated.” The Manila office will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates when available.

Our thoughts are with the people of the Philippines, particularly those worst affected by the typhoon.

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