ILOILO — The Government of Canada will spend $4.21-million to jumpstart a sustainable long term economic recovery plan for almost 50,000 people who were affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan here in 2013.
Of the target beneficiaries from farming and fishing villages in 4th and 5th districts, half of which are women, according to an email from First Secretary Genevieve Asselin of Embassy of Canada addressed to Provincial Administrator Raul Banias.
Asselin explained that the post-Yolanda aid is part of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s commitment to help Philippines in its recovery efforts from the devastation brought by the monster storm.
Known as Restoring, Empowering and Protecting (REAP) Livelihoods Post Haiyan, the project will be launched this year by Adventist Development and Relief Agency World Renew Consortium and will last for four years or on 2019.
This project will support the sustainable long-term economic recovery of men and women that depend on agriculture and fishing for their livelihoods.
Canada’s support for the project will help beneficiaries by: (1) providing materials and training to restore tools and equipment lost in the typhoon; (2) securing new ways of earning income that are less dependent on farming and fishing; (3) and working with microfinance institutions and social enterprises to improve access to markets, financing and other business development services.
A total of 60 community-based organizations (CBOs) and 280 workers from the local government units (LGUs) will also directly benefit from the initiative, according to Asselin.
Canada’s initiative for Iloilo is part of four major support projects for Haiyan Reconstruction announced by Harper last May 8 during the visit of President Benigno Aquino III.
The other Canada-assisted projects is the Rebuilding through Micro-Insurance and Women’s Microenterprises wherein 2,000 micro-entrepreneurs and their families will directly benefit from the re-establishment and improvement of small community convenience stores.
Another is the Sustainable Economic Growth for Women and Men Affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte and Samar which will be implemented by Centre for International Studies and Cooperation.
This project will support the sustainable long-term economic recovery of 7,000 families through capacity building for climate-smart and resilient agriculture and fisheries production techniques and disaster risk reduction planning by communities and government officials.
The last is the Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance by CARE Canada that is designed to improve the well-being of 86,000 people and 4,000 entrepreneur households or cooperatives in Philippines.
This intervention is focused on helping the beneficiaries find new ways of earning; support communities in efforts to improve the production, storage, processing, packaging and marketing of goods and services; and strengthen the capacity of private businesses and local government agencies to deliver technical advice and financial services. JAN