By Roy Mabasa
People in Need (PIN), a Czech Republic-based nongovernment organization that implements humanitarian relief efforts, has celebrated the 5th year of its presence in the Philippines that started right after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) on November 11, 2013.
Outgoing Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Jaroslav Olša Jr. said PIN showed the milestones in its work as an NGO, determined and committed for the realization of the four pillars of its work: saving lives and dignity, ensuring equal opportunities, empowering people and supporting sustainable living.
“It is with a grateful heart that we appreciate the unwavering dedication of People in Need and the people behind it, who concertedly work in strengthening the development ties of the Czech Republic and the Philippines. Indeed, their mission is a reflection of our shared commitment for equality in the community. With that, we are extremely thankful,” Olša said as he welcomed all the guests that included PIN country director Claudia Oriolo.
In 2013, PIN provided emergency relief to the communities affected by super-Typhoon Yolanda. Five years after, the Czech NGO continues to operate in the country with an expanded mandate covering a broad range of sectors such as sustainable livelihoods, market inclusion, renewable energy, disaster resilience, land rights, peace-building, and social cohesion.
To celebrate its anniversary PIN, together with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, organized a photo exhibition showing the milestones in their work in the Philippines.
Oriolo, for her part, said the needs of local communities have always been at the heart of PIN.
“Thanks to the precious support of Filipino people and institutions, we express our renewed commitment to further support sustainable development in the country,” the PIN official said.
Oriolo emphasized that emergency preparedness, social inclusion, and community-driven development are key objectives of PIN intervention in vulnerable areas.