The musicians, labels and publishers have agreed to donate proceeds from the album’s sale to the Philippine Red Cross. The Beatles have the first and last word on the track list, which opens with “Across the Universe” and ends with “Let It Be.” Among the other songs included are Mr. Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm,” Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love,” One Direction’s “Best Song Ever,” Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way (The Country Road Version),” Madonna’s “Like a Prayer,” Enrique Iglesias’s “Hero,” Lily Allen’s “Smile” and James Blunt’s “Carry You Home.”

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Christmas parties are being cancelled not only in Philippine companies in sympathy with victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.


A Tacloban City resident decorates his family’s tent with Christmas trimmings. Inset show the international artists whose songs are part of the ‘Songs for the Philippines’ album, from top: the Beatles, Beyonce, Bob Dylan, Eminem, Bruno Mars and U2. VAL RODRIGUEZ

TACLOBAN, DECEMBER 2, 2013 (PHILSTAR) In a show of solidarity with Philippine typhoon victims, dozens of the pop music world’s superstars have donated songs to an album aimed at raising funds for disaster relief.

The move is reminiscent of Live Aid in 1985, a concert held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia for famine-hit Ethiopia, and USA for Africa, in which pop superstars jointly recorded “We Are the World” also in 1985 to raise funds for the impoverished continent. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. In the UK, Band Aid also recorded “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

Songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, U2 and Bruno Mars are among the 39 donated to “Songs for the Philippines,” available for purchase Monday at iTunes and for streaming on iTunes Radio.

The compilation album has a little of everything, from the disturbing images of a live version of Eminem’s “Stan” to the calming effect of The Beatles’ “Let It Be.”

The artists, record companies and music publishers have agreed to donate the proceeds to the Philippine Red Cross as officials have struggled to keep up with humanitarian aid demands.

As this developed, South Korea has decided to send around 540 members of the Korean Armed Forces composed of medical, recovery and engineering teams to assist in relief and recovery operations.

The decision was made after South Korea committed to provide humanitarian assistance worth $5 million and $20 million for reconstruction and rehabilitation projects in affected provinces.

The troops, the second largest overseas deployment by the Republic of Korea since joining the United Nations in 1991, will arrive soon after approval by the Korean National Assembly.

The South Korea embassy said this represents the ever-closer cooperative relationships between the Republic of Korea and the Philippines.

An advance team arrived on Monday for a one-week assessment of the situation in identified sites.

“Koreans have never forgotten the role that the Philippines played during the Korean War. The effort of the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea was not in vain, for Korea was able to rise from the ashes and achieve a remarkable economic development,” the embassy said.

“Now that the Filipinos are in dire need, many Koreans see an opportunity to repay the sacrifice, bravery and heroism of the 7,420 Filipino soldiers who fought under the United Nations Command. Korea is optimistic that the Philippines, especially those adversely affected by the typhoon, with the help of the international community, will quickly recover from this debacle,” it added.

UN’s $110-M plan for affected women, children

Meanwhile, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is developing a $110-million master plan that will prevent pregnancy-related deaths and sexual abuses against women and children in typhoon-ravaged areas.

UNFPA yesterday said it is working with national authorities and humanitarian partners in the development of the master plan that would provide basic hygiene for women and girls of child-bearing age in the affected areas nationwide.

According to the UNFPA, over 3.2 million women and girls of child-bearing age are in need of urgent care and protection after health infrastructure have been destroyed and security remains a concern.

There are also 230,000 pregnant women in the affected areas, while 835 women give birth every day with limited access to emergency obstetric care.

UNFPA said funds are urgently needed so that life-saving maternal health services can be provided to women and girls through 80 temporary maternity wards, two “hospitainers” (emergency obstetric theaters in containers) and 34 ambulances.

“Women and girls of child-bearing age will have access to basic hygiene items, such as sanitary pads, underwear and soap, through the distribution of 105,000 dignity kits in evacuation centers,” UNFPA added.

UNFPA also said that an additional 110,000 kits will be distributed to pregnant and breastfeeding women, and that 4,000 women every week would have access to reproductive health care services by providing equipment and repairing infrastructure in all eight affected provinces.

“In the rush to provide assistance, women and girls were invisible,” UNFPA’s humanitarian response chief Ugochi Daniels said in a statement.

“We now must ensure that their needs are met so that every woman and every girl affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) is protected and lives with dignity,” she added.

UK keen on rebuilding

As this developed, the United Kingdom said it is awaiting indicators from the government for the area of focus where British assistance in the rebuilding of typhoon-affected areas will come in.

“Once we get those indicators then we can shape. It would be wrong for us to simply step in regardless of need and desires. It is obvious you do not need too much digging to see what the needs are,” British Ambassador Asif Ahmad told journalists yesterday.

He also noted that there is a need for the Philippines to address the worsening effects of global warming in the country.

He said the Philippines must step up its measures to mitigate climate change, reduce its carbon footprint, improve its public transport and infrastructure, and redesign its use of energy.

Canada’s int’l dev’t minister visits Phl

Canada’s Minister of International Development Christian Paradis arrived in the country yesterday to meet with local officials and Canadian and international humanitarian partners in relief efforts.

During his three-day visit, Paradis will go to the hardest-hit cities of Tacloban, Ormoc and Roxas to survey the damage caused by Yolanda.

In Tacloban, Paradis will meet with partners delivering humanitarian assistance. In Ormoc, he will visit the Canadian Red Cross field hospital that is providing basic health and surgical care to typhoon victims.

In Roxas, he will meet with the more than 300 members of Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team, which has provided clean water, medical assistance and logistical support.

So far, the Canadian government has provided an initial allocation of $30,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help launch relief operations and $5 million in immediate support to humanitarian organizations.

It also created a matching fund by which the Canadian government will contribute a dollar for each eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities until Dec 9. It announced an initial $15 million, which will be counted against the fund.

Canada has donated 3,000 tents, 16,000 blankets, 1.3 million water purification tablets, 5,000 shelter kits, 20,000 jerry cans, 19,750 tarps, and 4,400 buckets to the relief efforts.

2 kids off to Israel for treatment

Meanwhile, two children with cleft palates in Bogo City will be flying to Israel together with the Israeli medical team today to have their deformity operated in Israel. – AP, Pia Lee-Brago, Mayen Jaymalin


Philippines relief album.
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In a 2011 interview, Imelda Marcos says that she had nothing to do with the manhandling of the Beatles at the airport. In fact, “When I heard they were being manhandled at the airport on their departure, I immediately ran to the airport to have it stopped. I remember reprimanding the airport manager Mr. Willy Jurado," Mrs Marcos claims. Posted by Roger Stormo at Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Despite having been treated so badly while visiting the Philippines that neither of them has ever visited the country again, The Beatles have donated two songs to the new 39-track digital charity compilation album "Songs For The Philippines". The album opens with "Across the Universe" and closes with "Let It Be". This is one of the very few times Beatles tracks are included in a compilation album. Of course, "Across the Universe" (The Lizzie Bravo/Gayleen Pease version) in itself was originally a track on the charity album "No One's Gonna Change Our World" back in 1969 (depicted above).

Official site: songsforphilippines.com/

German firms scrap Christmas parties By Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 27, 2013 - 12:00am 1 18 googleplus0 2

MANILA, Philippines - Christmas parties are being cancelled not only in Philippine companies in sympathy with victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Germany’s acting head of mission Joern Rohde visits The STAR the other day

German industries have joined their government in responding to the crisis, with many also canceling Christmas parties and employees donating their entire 13th month pay to the typhoon victims.

Germany’s acting head of mission Joern Rohde told The STAR in a visit the other day that German industries in the Philippines have provided assistance in kind, through donations of their employees, their own funds and by tapping resources of their headquarters and global networks.

Even without any operations in the Philippines, Deutsche Telekom and many German companies contributed donations to established humanitarian help organizations or through the disaster relief network “Deutschland hilft” (Germany is helping).

Local staff was generous in helping their typhoon-affected fellow citizens as demonstrated by staff of Continental Temic Philippines, who are ready to donate their 13th .

Concrete examples of helping the typhoon victims were also seen in industry efforts.

The Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa Airlines, Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Lufthansa Cargo) brought in on Nov. 11 an Airbus A340-600 carrying 25 tons of relief goods, including medical equipment. This was followed by an MD-11 wide body freighter provided by Lufthansa Cargo free of charge last weekend, having on board another 60 tons of relief goods.

Global enterprise software giant SAP through its local subsidiary SAP Philippines initiated a global donation drive among its 60,000-plus employees who could donate via a simple mouse click a part of their salary. On Thursday, the fund had reached 200,000 euros.

The management matched each donated euro with another euro from company funds.

Boehringer Ingelheim, a leading German pharmaceutical company in the Philippines, followed a similar pattern.

DB Schenker and DHL and other logistic companies provided road transport, storage and packing as well as their freight forwarding expertise for getting goods and equipment to the typhoon-affected areas.

In addition to generous donations, BAG Electronics (lighting and LEDs) and many companies provided financial support for families of staff members who suffered from the typhoon.

They are already thinking beyond short-term humanitarian aid by setting aside budget for the support of sustainable reconstruction efforts like adopting a specific community.

The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) provided a platform for donations of member companies and individuals.

The GPCCI sent an early truck load of relief goods to Leyte. Further funds are being provided for reconstruction projects in partnership with the devastated town of Javier in Southern Leyte.

The many professional volunteers from Germany that spearheaded humanitarian aid efforts in the crisis area, including medical personnel and technical experts, are in the country after their employers granted them leave for their work in the Philippines.

Germany announced more help for Yolanda victims with 6.5 million euros (P380 million) from the German government for humanitarian aid and 12.9 million euros (P754 million) from private donations.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle announced the additional provision of emergency aid for the typhoon victims, raising the contribution of the German government to 6.5 million euros (P380 million).

The alliance of German organizations engaged in disaster assistance (Aktionsbuendnis Katastrophenhilfe) announced that it has received 12.9 million euros (P754 million) in private donations for the typhoon victims.

According to the alliance, which is composed of Caritas international, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, the German Red Cross and Unicef Germany, the willingness of the German public to donate for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda is remarkable.

Germany’s Relief Coalition Buendnis Aktion Deutschland Hilft has over a dozen organizations currently in the affected areas conducting relief operations.

A medical team with 24 people from the International Search and Rescue Team (ISAR Germany) opened a field hospital in Palo, Leyte in cooperation with a team from Belgium. The hospital can treat at least 100 people per day for infected wounds and broken bones. The mobile hospital can also conduct minor surgeries.

The Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) is setting up a water purification system in the city of Santa Fe in Bantayan, Cebu, providing drinking water for more than 30,000 people.


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