DUMAGUETE CITY, June 9 (PIA)--The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched today various reconstruction projects and recovery activities in Tacloban to help rebuild victims in Eastern Visayas affected by super-typhoon Yolanda.
The launching of USAID Rebuild program, led by USAID acting assistant administrator for Asia Denise Rollins, involves on the restoration of access to education, health services and livelihood and technical assistance.
Together with USAID/Philippines Mission Director Gloria Steele, Rollins visited the areas and engaged with local officials and families-survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.
Rollins said “The U.S. Government is committed to help restore normalcy in the lives of the affected families. We will continue our work with our GPH partners to help the province build back better, to be more resilient to future disasters, and ultimately work towards a more stable, prosperous nation that can achieve broad-based and inclusive growth.”
The launch ceremonies held at the San Fernando Central School, where the U.S. government will construct a P21 million or US$480,000 school building with eight classrooms.
As part of Rebuild’s education component, the U.S. will also build and furnish up to 165 classrooms and provide teaching kits. This will be implemented in close coordination with the Department of Education to address the need for permanent school buildings in Yolanda-affected areas.
Leyte government officials attended the event led by Governor Dominic L. Petilla, Rep. Martin Romualdez.
Rollins said, in coordination with the Department of Health, 10 health facilities will be constructed and rehabilitated. This will include the provision of vital equipment and supplies to address the most critical medical needs of the affected population.
“These new infrastructure facilities are designed to be more resilient to the impacts of earthquakes and extreme weather events,” said Director Steele.
The U.S. government is also introducing climate-adaptive technologies to farmers and fisherfolk, which will enable them to pursue more lucrative and sustainable livelihood opportunities. This will be complemented by production support, farming and post-harvest equipment, and support facilities such as trading centers, boat landings, market buildings, warehouses and solar dryers.
Common service facilities and equipment will be re-established and provide training on alternative livelihood and entrepreneurship, improve product development and market linkage to support small and medium enterprises and industry associations in collaboration with chambers of commerce and industry of Leyte and Eastern Visayas. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)