Manila: Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) inaugurated eight schools in Philippines as part of its efforts to reconstruct the education sector in Eastern Samar province after Typhoon Haiyan hit the country two years ago.
The inauguration of the renovated schools comes as part of the second phase of the ERC's construction and renovation projects. The schools' student capacity stands at 2,090, and the project was completed at a cost of Dh7 million.
The ERC had also carried out projects in the health and education sector to bolster the capability of Filipinos to overcome difficult circumstances as a result of the typhoon.
Fahd Bin Sultan, deputy secretary-general for donation collecting and promotions and director for the reconstruction project in Philippines, said that the UAE, with support from its wise leadership, continues to move ahead with its humanitarian commitments to assist the people of Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
He added that the inauguration of the eight schools marks the end of the education sector renovation phase, and a total of 18 schools have been renovated at a cost of Dh27 million. The total student capacity for these schools is 9,828.
The move is in line with the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who ordered the allocation of Dh10 million in aid for the people of Philippines. The move was also supported by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and President of ERC.