Norwegian FM to inspect ‘Yolanda’ rehab effort

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende planned a visit 7-9 January to the areas worst hit by Supertyphoon noraid“Yolanda,” according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the Philippines.

Brende, who will be on an official visit, wants to get a first-hand look at the progress of recovery efforts to which Norway was one of the first responders and most generous donors with emergency funds.

He is expected to visit Leyte and meet with representatives of the UN, including FAO Philippines officials.

Oslo has committed over 1.45 billion Philippine peso (USD32 million) towards relief efforts and long-term disaster response related to Yolanda.

The amount is on top of the P180 million Norwegian NGOs raised through a charity concert in November and the P178 million the Filipino community in Norway raised through a similar event in December.

Read more: Philippine Daily Inquirer

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