Philippines: Rebuilding Typhoon-Affected Communities
Shelter was a major need in the aftermath of the disaster, so WFP supported government initiatives to help beneficiaries reconstruct their damaged or destroyed houses.
This mother and her little boy stand in front of their newly built house. After weeks and months in a makeshift shelter, they now have a proper place to stay again.
In these Cash and Food for Work projects, people can secure their immediate needs thanks to the cash and food they receive. In the long run, the community as a whole will benefit from the rehabilitated rice field.
This man from Aragon, Davao Oriental, was a vegetable farmer before Typhoon Pablo destroyed his crops. He is very happy to regain his former livelihood through a WFP-supported Cash-and-Food-For Work project.
After months of struggling, this woman from Compostela Valley is back to her former work on a banana plantation. Typhoon Pablo destroyed all banana plantations in this province, leading some companies to pull out completely. Cash-for-Work projects helped rehabilitate plantations so that people can get back on their feet.
Many fishermen associations lost their mud crab cages to the storm. Association members in various projects have been receiving cash and food to help rebuild the cages, and now mud crab production is back in business!
Projects are needs-driven. They are initiated by the provincial and municipal governments, together with the provincial social welfare and development office. They are designed with the affected municipalities and local governments, in order to meet the communities’ most urgent needs.
Typhoon Pablo destroyed not only mud crab cages, but also many bankas (boats). Banka-making projects in affected areas will help these fishermen resume their livelihood.
Community members are involved in project identification, while complementary materials and tools are provided by the local government units and communities.
Just like how these men are working together in a banka-making project, WFP is partnering with a range of stakeholders from government and non-government organization to reach as many people in need as possible.
After the work is completed, beneficiaries get their well-deserved share to make sure their families have enough food on their tables every day.
WFP is complementing government and non-government partners' efforts to scale up Food and Cash for Work projects in Typhoon Pablo-affected areas in Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, and Lanao del Sur.
These projects support workers with food and cash so that they can start building a hunger-free future for their communities. They cover a wide range of activities that all aim to help rebuild vital community assets and reestablish people’s livelihoods.