Eastern Visayas gets fresh aid from UNDP, Korea


TACLOBAN CITY: Storm-battered Eastern Visayas has received fresh support for its recovery and resilience efforts through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

The two recently inked a partnership that will “directly respond(s) to typhoon recovery priorities identified in the recently-completed Yolanda Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR).”

“KOICA, on behalf of the Korean Government, is committed to supporting typhoon-affected areas in the Philippines and is carrying out few projects especially in Visayas. We will continue to increasing resilience, ensure a full recovery in this area for building back better,” said Song Minhyeon, KOICA Resident Representative of Philippines Office.

KOICA’s contribution worth USD3 million over a span of one and a half years covers three towns which were ravaged by Typhoon Ruby: Hernani and Guiuan in Eastern Samar and Basey in Samar.

From the fund, UNDP’s task is to “implement livelihood skills training, cash-for-livelihood, and waste management improvements” in the typhoon-affected communities.

“At UNDP, we know that challenges remain in helping people get back on their feet, but Filipinos are admirably resilient – as they have again shown during typhoon Ruby.”

“We will continue to work with the Philippine Government, the communities and our partners so that people can quickly regain their livelihoods,” said UNDP Philippines Country Director Maurice Dewulf.

According to UNDP, livelihood skills training will “develop the capacities of the survivors to engage in income generating activities and help stimulate economic activity in the communities.”

“The cash-for-livelihood component would help provide short-term employment as well as contribute to the collection of felled coconut trees and the milling of coconut lumber, like for housing repairs. Waste management and landfill development will empower the community to properly dispose waste and promote a cleaner and healthier environment,” UNDP said in a statement. PNA


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