Ormoc, Leyte – International humanitarian organization CARE continues to support communities heavily affected by typhoon Yolanda.
The “Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Reconstruction Assistance Project in the Philippines” is targeting to help over 93,000 people in Leyte, Antique and Northern Iloilo who were affected by Typhoon Yolanda. The project is funded by the Government of Canada through the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and will continue through March 2019.
The project presentation and stakeholders’ engagement event, which will be held in Ormoc on August 02, will gather municipal mayors, government agency representatives, the project beneficiaries, a representative from the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines, and CARE’s implementing and institutional partners. Expected to also participate in the event are Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla and newly elected Mayor of Ormoc Richard Gomez.
“We are honoured to partner with the Global Affairs Canada to continue helping communities get back on their feet. CARE has been on the ground after typhoon Yolanda and the Canadian Government continuously supports us deliver the assistance to the affected communities,” said David Gazashvili, CARE Philippines Country Director.
The project focuses on helping beneficiaries find alternative ways of generating income, supporting communities in efforts to improve the production, storage, processing, packaging and marketing of good and services.
In Leyte, CARE has partnered with the Calubian-based Fatima Multi-Purpose Cooperative (FMPC) in boosting the cassava industry in the Western part of the province. CARE and FMPC provide entrepreneurship trainings and other business development services to community associations involved in cassava production and marketing. CARE has also linked the community associations to financial services including micro-insurance to strengthen their local enterprises and succeed in a competitive market.
Aside from providing assistance to the communities, CARE also works to engage the local government units and agencies, non-government organizations, and other institutions throughout the project implementation.
The project is implemented in cooperation with CLIMBS Life and General Insurance Cooperative, International Labour Organization, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Social Welfare and Development and several credit cooperatives and universities.