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Swiss Government offers unlimited help to Yolly victims

| by: Stanley Cin

The Swiss Government is offering unlimited support to the typhoon-hit victims including those in northern Cebu.

Ueli Salzmann, the head of the team that the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs dispatched in Cebu, said they are “really sorry for what happened” and “doing our best to ease the tension they (victims) are on.”

“The assistance is not limited, the only limitation is access and how much are the needs. But we do not have a limited budget,” he added.

So far, they have delivered goods to 2,000 families. Salzmann assessed that the situation is pretty bad in northern Cebu and the people should be given the sign that they are not left alone. “I think they will come back on their feet but it needs a certain time that they get the power again to act,” he said.

The aid covers food items, family parcels, construction materials, kitchen sets and household sets. The materials were bought in Cebu stores to also help the local economy. The identified recipients are the affected families in Daanbantayan, Bogo City, Medellin, and Bantayan Island.

Aside from northern Cebu, Switzerland also distributed the same goods in Ormoc City, Leyte.

The authorities claimed that at least 90 percent of the infrastructure, agriculture, and basic services like power, water, and communication in northern Cebu have been damaged by the super typhoon Yolanda on Friday (November 8).

In addition, the province will also get technical assistance from the 19-man delegation from Germany, deployed by the United Nation Water Sanitation and Hygiene, to purify, monitor and even repair the water systems in northern Cebu.

Dr. Franz Seidenschwarz, Honorary German Consul in Cebu, said the base of the German technical team would be in the town of San Remigio. The members of the German delegation underwent a short briefing on the situation before they were deployed to the north.

Their mission also includes fixing the water systems in the towns of Medellin and Daanbantayan. Xerxes Alkuino