By Hannah Torregoza
The Swiss ambassador to the Philippines recently turned over to the Philippine Red Cross, chaired by Sen. Richard Gordon, Switzerland’s recent contribution of CHF 200,000 (around P10.5-million) for its relief and rehabilitation efforts for victims of Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone), which hit the Philippines on Christmas Eve last year.
“Switzerland has a long tradition of providing humanitarian aid around the world. This contribution is one of the many efforts between Switzerland and its partners and shall help alleviate the plight of the people heavily affected by the natural calamity,” Ambassador Alain Gaschen said.
Gaschen said the PRC has been one of the significant partners of the Embassy of Switzerland in previous emergencies, for instance during Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) in 2018.
“We believe that the work of the PRC is instrumental in helping those affected by calamities to get back up on their feet and start anew. The organization is a strong addition to the Philippine government’s efforts,” Gaschen said.
“We remain steadfast in our readiness to assist the Philippines when there is a need,” the ambassador said as he conveyed the Swiss people’s sympathy, thoughts, and warm wishes for the victims of the Taal volcano eruption.