Solar lanterns for Pablo victims

From left to right: UNHCR Representative to the Philippines Bernard Kerblat and UK Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie during the turnover ceremonies yesterday.

The Department for International Development (DFID) – Government of the United Kingdom donated 7,434 units of rechargeable solar lanterns to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) during the turnover rites in the Philippines yesterday.

UNHCR is taking responsibility for a USD 1.8 million program entitled “Ensuring Protection of Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) affected population in Mindanao.” DFID’s provided funds were used for purchase and distribution of 7,434 rechargeable solar lanterns.

The main objective of the distribution of the solar lights is to enhance the protection of persons of concern to UNHCR who have been affected by Typhoon Pablo. The distribution aims to provide protection and a sense of security and connectivity.  Particular attention will be given to persons displaced who are also in conflict-affected areas, remote locations and those who are members of indigenous communities in Compostela, Laak, Monkayo, Montevista, New Batan, Baganaga, Boston, Cateel of Region XI and Bunawan, La Paz, Loreto, Sta. Josefa, Veruela, Lingig of Caraga Region in Central Mindanao, Philippines.

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