Debris disposal and management in areas affected by Typhoon Pablo

What is the project about?

man doing debris clearingIn the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) in December 2012, residents of Compostela Valley, Philippines help in restoring their community as they take part in the debris-clearing through cash-for-work campaign organized by UNDP and the local authorities. (Photo: RV Mitra/ UNDP Philippines)

The project seeks to support the local authorities and disaster-affected communities to clear and manage the debris generated and brought about by Typhoon Bopha (locally named Pablo), thus reducing threat to lives, health risks, as well as enabling the entry of critical assistance and life-saving services. The project is focused on the 10 hardest hit municipalities in Mindanao, providing “stop gap” support to the local government units (LGUs), and providing immediate temporary employment opportunities to 5,000 women and men for removing and safe disposal of debris over a 6 month period.

The expected results of the project are:

  1. Prevention of morbidity/mortality and deterioration of health conditions due to prolonged exposure to unsanitary environmental conditions of families in at least 10 affected municipalities in the provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley;
  2. Equal opportunity given to women and vulnerable groups to participate in debris removal and management activities; and
  3. Restoration, recycling and operationalization of the solid waste management facilities and operations at the LGU levels.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • As of April 2013, a total of 8,333 workers (4,984 male and 3,349 female) have been given emergency livelihood support in the conduct of debris clearing and cleaning activities through the Cash-for-Work (CFW) scheme. The workers were also provided with personal protective equipment (PPEs) which include masks, boots, gloves, long-sleeve shirts, safety goggles, and hard hats.
  • From mid-March to end of April 2013, UNDP cleaned up 82 roads with total length of 16.11 km., 6 barangay health centers and day care centers, 7 schools, 1 public market, 8 multi-purpose and barangay halls, 28 creeks and drainage canals, 6 cemeteries, 5 communal farms and tree parks, 3 Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs), 3 dumpsites, and 3 rivers. Total volume of debris collected was 71,949 m3.
  • UNDP provided support to the Provincial LGU of Compostela Valley in the crafting of its Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan with a total recovery and reconstruction needs amounting to PhP16, 444,864,842.66 for the short term, medium term, and long term periods.
  • DSWD and UNDP developed, printed, and distributed Cash-for-Work Guidelines poster.
  • UNDP supported the debris to livelihood woodcraft project in the Municipality of Boston, Davao Oriental. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) donated 1 unit mini-band saw to complement UNDP’s effort.
  • UNDP provided technical support to the Provincial LGU of Davao Oriental on its effort to upgrade the existing dumpsites into a Controlled Dumpsite Facilities. This is in compliance with the RA 9003 (Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Act of 2000) to effectively accommodate the final disposal of huge ineligible mixed debris collected.


Donor name Amount contributed
UN CERF USD 1,807,444.00





2013 (ongoing) USD 1,324,084.09

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