(Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office 1)

MANILA – The European Union (EU) has earmarked 800,000 euros (approximately PHP45 million) to assist the victims affected by the recent earthquake that hit Abra and nearby areas in Northern Luzon.

The EU Delegation in Manila on Thursday said the emergency fund would provide safe drinking water and sanitation, hygiene, mental health and psychosocial support services, as well as education to the most vulnerable community in hard-hit areas.

“With this assistance, the European Union reaffirms its commitment and solidarity towards the victims of humanitarian disasters in the Philippines,” EU Delegation Chargé d'Affaires a.i. Ana Isabel Sánchez Ruiz said.

Apart from this, the EU's Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) had also activated satellite imagery and the Copernicus Maps to assist relief agencies in their delivery of emergency assistance in Northern Luzon.

Copernicus is an EU program that monitors and forecasts the state of the environment on land, sea and in the atmosphere to support climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. It also helps communities manage emergency situations efficiently. (PNA)