Mercy Relief (MR) has responded to the Philippines government’s appeal for international assistance to support relief efforts for the communities affected by storm Washi.  A team of four has been deployed and is already in the Philippines to procure and distribute relief supplies.  The team will concurrently evaluate the situation on the ground to ascertain further needs of the affected communities.  Two of the Singaporean NGO’’s pedal-powered water filtration systems will be deployed at the badly-affected areas in Cagayan de Oro (CDO), Mindanao.  1,000 relief packs comprising food, water and personal hygiene items are currently being put together for distribution to 1,000 families. Total value of the relief supplies is S$27,800.  MR is partnering the largest NGO in the Philippines – the Citizens’ Disaster Response Centre (CDRC) for this crisis relief.

MR Chief Executive Hassan Ahmad said, ““We are currently focusing on the basic survival needs of the victims including drinking water, food and personal hygiene kits.  The most important thing at this stage is to help the local authorities to stabilize the situation.  It is always more heartbreaking when a disaster hits a community so close to a festive occasion, especially when more than 80% of the affected people are Catholics who would be celebrating Christmas this coming weekend.””  

About Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief is a Singaporean humanitarian organisation which engages in both disaster relief and sustainable development programmes. It was established in 2003 as an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity responding to the human tragedies in Asia. Mercy Relief’s aid programme focuses on providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken communities and has maintained the delivery of emergency aid within 72 hours from the point of appeal for assistance.  

In the past 12 years, Mercy Relief has disbursed over S$32 million in aid across 40 disaster relief and 53 sustainable development initiatives. Mercy Relief has impacted an aggregate of 2 million lives in 24 countries and areas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal,  Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

For more information, you may call us at 6514 6322 or email corporateaffairs@mercyrelief.org