Support to Typhoon Recovery and Resilience in the Visayas

16 Jan 2014


Only two months after Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) devastated one of the poorest parts of the Philippines, recovery efforts are in full swing. Millions remain displaced but many are returning home. The government and international community’s responses have been quick, while the people themselves are determined to rebuild their lives. UNDP needs 52 million now to help build back stronger and more resilient communities able to withstand future super storms. UNDP has already launched emergency employment and debris clearance efforts, but we are also looking to the future.


  • Mountains of debris have been cleared, enabling hospitals (14), schools (290), daycare centers (233), municipal buildings and other essential infrastructure (over 200) to start working again.
  • UNDP is managing the solid waste system of Tacloban city. This includes the main landfill and three temporary dumpsites. Other municipalities are being supported with procurement, repairs and re-establishment of municipal services. UNDP is active in 54 municipalities.
  • 16,776 vulnerable people have secured temporary jobs clearing debris – almost half are women. In-line with government policy, the workers earn a minimum wage.
  • UNDP, the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) and mobile phone operator Smart launched a mobile phone money transfer effort to pay those employed in emergency jobs schemes. It was launched in Tacloban and Roxas with an initial sign-up of 5,000 beneficiaries.

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