UNDP, UNICEF collaborate to restore documentation services of Yolanda-hit LGUs

20 Aug 2014

20 August 2014, Manila -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed today an agreement to provide assistance in restoring the documentation services of LGUs severely affected by Typhoon Yolanda. With a budget of over USD 1 million provided by UNICEF, UNDP will implement the project in 10 selected municipalities and cities in Eastern Samar and Eastern Leyte, focusing on civil registration services and prioritizing vulnerable groups such as women, children and poor families.
 
Typhoon Yolanda caused the destruction of essential documentation such as birth, death and marriage certificates, as well as business and building permits. The project will help address the situation through the resumption of LGU documentation operations, digitalization of existing documents and the establishment of one-stop shops where citizens may access documentation services. Target LGUs will be provided with the necessary equipment, supplies and human resources to restore minimum operating capacity in issuing documents.
 
The project will coordinate, in beneficiary selection, with the unconditional cash transfer program of UNICEF and the 4Ps program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and build on civil registration initiatives of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).