UNDP is expanding post-typhoon recovery projects to five provinces

Dec 5, 2013

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Manila -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has allocated US$ 11 million to launch recovery programmes in Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) affected areas in five provinces.

UNDP will open six offices that will manage emergency employment cash-for-work projects in debris clearing and rehabilitation of markets, schools, hospitals and other public spaces.

The cash-for-work portfolio of activities will expand to cover re-establishment of livelihoods and local economy through repairs to dwellings and municipal buildings, shops and businesses, boats and farms.

The funding is distributed to affected areas in the following five provinces according to an initial assessment of needs and upon consultations with local governments:

  • Leyte and Samar - US$ 7.5 million
  • Cebu - US$ 500,000
  • Panay - US$ 2.5 million
  • Palawan - US$ 500,000

UNDP is currently operating cash-for-work projects in Tacloban, Palo and Roxas. In compliance with government policy, participating workers earn minimum wage (for example, in Tacloban it is 260 pesos a day). They are paid every week, and each person is employed for at least15 days. The workers are selected in coordination with local authorities and community leaders to ensure that the employment opportunities are available to the groups that need it most.

The objectives of the cash-for-work programme include:

  • Clearing debris to allow easier access for aid to reach affected households;
  • Enabling people to bring home much needed income;
  • Injecting cash into the local economy;
  • Developing ownership of the recovery process; and
  • Reducing the risk of disease by properly disposing waste.

UNDP’s target is to provide cash-for-work benefits to 10,000 people across the five provinces by the end of the year.

UNDP is working with its partners to raise another US$ 38 million to achieve the post-Haiyan recovery targets.

For more information please contact:

In Manila:
Stanislav Saling, Spokesperson a.i., UNDP Philippines, stanislav.saling@undp.org,  +63 917 597 4744, communications.ph@undp.org, and +63 2 901 0238

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