Greenpeace ship M/Y Esperanza to carry relief goods to Mindanao

“Ocean Defender Philippine Ship Tour” cancelled

Press release - December 8, 2012
The Greenpeace ship M/Y Esperanza is leaving the port of Manila today to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Mindanao.

Von Hernandez, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Executive Director, said:

"Our condolences remain with the victims of typhoon Pablo. This is a very difficult time for the thousands of affected families and communities."

"We have cancelled the Esperanza’s planned expedition to survey the state of the Philippine seas in order to respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Mindanao. The Esperanza will leave Manila today to help ferry much needed supplies to communities devastated by typhoon Pablo, particularly in coastal areas that are currently difficult to access."

"Our lead partner for this mission is the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), who is responsible for the relief provisions which will be carried by our ship, and who will be receiving the supplies at our destination in Mindanao. We are also carrying relief goods provided by ABS-CBN Foundation and Save the Children Foundation."

"The frequency of extreme weather events such as typhoon Pablo has turned the Philippines into a disaster hotspot where weather related disasters are the norm rather than the exception. Every year our country continues to be in the top ten list of global climate risk indices.  But while we are learning to cope more effectively in terms of disaster management and coordination, every year the stakes are also getting higher. This should be seen as a warning signal that we must work to enact climate change solutions for the sake of the future."

For more information:

  • Beau Baconguis, Program Manager for the Philippines, +63 917 871 5257
  • Lea Guerrero, Deputy Communications Director, +63 917 634 5136 

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