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From the German Embassy

September 15, 2006

Dear Stella,

FYI

We have already started our activities and our Coordinator, Dr. Karsten Schroeder, is at the site and personally assists in the operation.

We believe that immediate assistance to the suffering barangays is urgently needed in terms of medical treatment, food and drinking water.

For this, the German Government has acted immediately and without red tape.

I have attached some fotos.

Regards,
_____________________________
Bernhard Willig
Economic & Employment Promotion
Coordinator
ded – German Development Service
Rizal Hall, University of Southern Philippines, Salinas Drive, Lahug
6000 Cebu City
Philippines

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Germany provides disaster relief to Guimaras

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(Dr. Karsten Schroeder (left) turns over cavans of rice to Guimaras Gov. Nava)

On behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ambassador Axel Weishaupt has expressed his sympathy with the people affected by the devastating oil spill in a letter to Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

The German Goverment has made available the amount of 25,000 Euros (about 1.6 million pesos) for the immediate disaster relief in the areas most severely affected by the recent oil spill. This amount will be disbursed by the German Development Service (DED) in close cooperation with the Governor of Guimaras, the Provincial Health Office and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ).

Germany conducts a coastal resource management project in the Visayan Sea and is fully aware of the difficult situation not only of Guimaras, but of the entire country. The oil spill not only wreaked havoc on the environment, but has also affected tourism and other related industries. Immediate cleanup of the oil spill is crucial in order to protect the rich marine and environmental resources, as well as the health and livelihood of the residents of Guimaras.

The German Government is confident that the cleanup efforts of the Philippine Government and its local and international partners will be successful.

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(Some displaced residents of Guimaras at an evacuation center)

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(Dr. Schroeder helps move some of the donated food to the evacuation center.)

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A big thank you to the German government for coming to the aid of the Guimarasnons. Mabuhay kayo!

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