The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has turned over more than 3,500 houses to affected families of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the municipalities of Calubian, San Isidro, and Tabango in Leyte, in partnership with the Australian Red Cross (AusRC).
The accomplishment is part of the recovery assistance phase under PRC’s Haiyan Recovery Operations, which has been implemented in the nine provinces most heavily devastated by super typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
“The Philippine Red Cross has become the foremost humanitarian organization in the Philippines not only because of our dedicated volunteers and staff, but also because of our partner national societies. They have consistently helped us in our projects and programs to ensure that we are able to reach out to the vulnerable, especially individuals and families affected by such disasters,” PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said.
The partnership with AusRC also provided livelihood assistance to 3,669 households, and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) training to 22 barangays. In addition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities were put up in 16 schools, and six health facilities were built in said municipalities.
As of May 26, 2017, the PRC, together with its partner national societies, have completed an overall construction of 77,622 houses for families affected by Haiyan, only less than 3,000 houses short of its target of 80,207.
Aside from the housing projects, PRC has also provided livelihood programs to more than 62, 600 households, and has built 533 classrooms, 100 WASH facilities in schools, and 93 health facilities as part of its recovery phase program for Haiyan.
PRC Secretary General Oscar Palabyab led the ceremonial turnover, together with the delegates from Australian Red Cross: Judy Slatyer, CEO of AusRC; Peter Walton, Director for International Programs; and Jock Rutherford, Country Manager.
The event was also witnessed by government officials, including Leyte Congressman, 3rd District, Vicente Veloso; Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla; Vice Governor Carlo Loreto; Calubian Mayor Doroteo Palconit; San Isidro Mayor Susan Ang; and Tabango Mayor Bernard Jonathan Remandaban.
Board of Directors and chapter administrators from PRC Leyte Chapter, and PRC executives from the National Headquarters also attended the ceremony.