Less aid reaching ‘Yolanda’ victims

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An international aid agency of the Catholic Church has lamented that distribution of relief goods to Yolanda-stricken areas in Eastern Visayas has been decreasing two months after the onslaught of the super typhoon.

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The Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which has been conducting relief operations in Yolanda-hit areas, said that the aid being distributed to the survivors is declining, pressuring the people to begin earning an income on their own.

Noting the effects of the monster typhoon to the livelihood of the people, the CRS assured to help the people recover the loss of their agricultural and fisheries assets.

“More than one-third of the Philippines’ labor force depends on agriculture for income. With land and crops devastated, we plan to help people recover their agricultural and fishing assets,” the CRS said.

The agency said that many of the survivors had started to rebuild their houses; however the lack of durable building materials forced some of them to reuse materials gathered from the rubble.

Committing to assist 100,000 families or 500,000 individuals, the CRS has provided emergency shelter, potable water and sanitation to 40,000 families or 200,000 people, and helped them in debris clearing.

“We will soon begin to support permanent housing solutions that use local materials, as well as corrugated iron sheets to construct similar A-fame homes of more durable, disaster-resistant materials,” the agency said.

The CRS is an international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States.

Meanwhile, the agency is targetting to raise $50 million or around P2.2 billion to help rebuild the calamity areas in Palo, Tacloban, Ormoc and Eastern Samar.

They are also training carpenters to rebuild shelters in their communities and supplying them with essential tools, including saws and hammers.

CRS had also provided cash-for-work opportunities to people who work in clearing up the debris left by typhoon in the roads and some other places.

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