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EU allots P45 million for relief efforts for earthquake victims in Luzon

The recent earthquake that struck Abra and the surrounding districts in Northern Luzon has left victims in need, and the European Union (EU) has set aside 800,000 euros (about PHP45 million) to help them.

On Thursday, the EU Delegation in Manila said that the emergency fund would offer the most vulnerable community in hard-hit areas access to clean water and sanitation, hygiene, mental health, and psychosocial support services, as well as education.

According to EU Delegation Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Ana Isabel Sánchez Ruiz, “With this help, the European Union confirms its commitment and solidarity towards the victims of humanitarian disasters in the Philippines.”

In addition, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) of the EU had turned on satellite images and Copernicus Maps to help relief organizations distribute emergency aid in Northern Luzon.

An EU initiative called Copernicus tracks and projects environmental conditions on land, at sea, and in the atmosphere to aid in the development of mitigation and adaptation plans for climate change. Additionally, it supports effective emergency management within communities.

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