UNDP partners with global industrial equipment company for post-typhoon clean-up

Dec 10, 2013

Heavy equipment help expedite cleanup and recovery of the communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. (Photo: RV Mitra/UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and CNH Industrial, a leading global producer of agricultural and construction equipment, trucks and powertrain, launched a partnership in which CNH Industrial will provide free construction equipment and tractors during the extensive cleanup and recovery of the communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

“The private sector - from large multi-national companies to small enterprises - has an essential role to play in the recovery process after Typhoon Yolanda and I’m pleased to announce the partnership with the CNH Industrial,” said Toshihiro Tanaka, UNDP Philippines Country Director. “To build back sustainable and resilient communities will require an inclusive economic recovery driven by private enterprises that provide goods, services, jobs and income opportunities for the affected women and men, particularly the poor and vulnerable.”

CNH Industrial, working with its distributors in the Philippines, has made arrangements to provide a fleet of five machines, including skid steer and backhoe loaders and tractors fitted with dozing blades, all free of charge. The fleet is already in the Philippines and is being transported by the company’s local distributors to a UNDP project site in Tacloban. The equipment is supplied with operators, and will remain in the region to support relief operations as long as is needed.

The machines will be used initially to clear up debris in Tacloban, then will be moved to other devastated areas in the Leyte and Samar provinces. They will complement UNDP’s cash-for-work program, which provides a much needed source of income to the local population involved in removing debris and restoring livelihoods.

CNH Industrial has also launched an appeal for donations among its employees, pledging to match their contributions dollar-for-dollar to double the total funds raised in support of the emergency employment cash-for-work programme.

“We know how critical it is to provide shelter in safe and sanitary conditions in the aftermath of such a devastating disaster,” said Stefano Pampalone, CNH Industrial Chief Operating Officer for the Asia Pacific region. “The challenges in doing this are immense, and for this reason we have decided to channel our aid through the United Nations, to make a concerted and effective contribution to the international relief efforts with our equipment and drivers, and with the donation of the funds raised within our organization.”

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

CNH Industrial Asia Pacific Press Office: media.apac@cnhind.com  +39 011 008 6346

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CNH Industrial is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Group is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Helieuz Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website: www.cnhindustrial.com

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