The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) deployed skilled haircutters and massage therapists to provide free haircut and massage for typhoon evacuees temporarily housed at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.
TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said the free grooming services complement the basic needs of the survivors such as food, water and medicine.
“Appearance matters. It helps people with their self-esteem. Feeling good about themselves after their grim experience in the province will give them a fresh start,” Villanueva said.
TESDA has partnered with the Hortaleza Beauty Center, one of the country’s leading retailers of health, beauty, personal, and home care products, for the free haircut and provision of some grooming and wellness supplies.
The agency, in coordination with private technical vocational institutions in Metro Manila, would be offering skills and livelihood training on meat processing, home bread making and other short courses that can be an immediate source of income for the families.
The evacuees at Villamor Airbase, who are mostly from Leyte and Samar provinces, were flown in military transport planes to Manila. Many of them have lost their homes.
Local governments have started building tent cities for the survivors.
Villanueva, who is currently overseeing the relief operations in Cebu City, is appealing for more volunteers to help repack relief goods that will be distributed to the typhoon victims.