For several days in November 2013, the world watched in horror how Mother Nature unleashed its fury over the hapless areas of the Visayas, the middle sets of islands in the Philippines.
While Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (known internationally as Haiyan), left death, sickness and despair, it brought out a silver lining. As soon as the storm subsided, there was an outpouring of love and support from all over the world.
Name of Project: Tubig: Manggad kag Kabuhi (Water: Wealth and Life)
Name of the Proponent: Signpost Philippines Inc.
Name of Beneficiary-Community: Barangay Bito-on, Carles, Iloilo
The “Tubig: Manggad kag Kabuhi” project aims to enable the targeted communities to gain access to safe water and adopt proper sanitation and hygienic behavior. Research has shown that integrating hygiene education into water and sanitation projects greatly increases the impact of a project on the targeted community.
Another important objective of this initiative is to provide support to the community in strengthening their local capacity for a self-sustained and gender sensitive water, hygiene and sanitation program. Through this program, the residents of Barangay Bito-on will have access on potable water without traveling far to mainland Estancia, Iloilo to buy drinking water. Hopefully, the project will enable 2,076 people to gain access to safe drinking water.
Name of Project: Convergence for Sustainable Livelihood
Name of the Proponent: REBUILD Project
Name of Beneficiary-Community: Municipalities of San Dionisio, Estancia, Lemery and Barotac Viejo in Northern Iloilo.
The Convergence for Sustainable Livelihood project intends to facilitate the economic empowerment of small farmers and fisher folks in Northern Iloilo in order to have viable livelihood within their respective communities. The convergence of resources for this particular project is designed to enhance the prospects for profitability and sustainability of social business enterprises that would be equitably owned by more than 1,200 small fisher folks and farmers - who are also Typhoon Yolanda's survivors.
Through the said project, two buildings will be constructed – one is the Cooperative Store and another one is the Common Service Facility (CSF). The CSF will be the site for processing, packing and warehousing of products that the small fisher folks and farmers would want to advertise and market.