Support to Typhoon Recovery and Resilience in the Visayas
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 has already launched emergency employment and debris clearance efforts, but we are also looking to the future. Our area-based programme will include four interconnected elements: (1) Removing and managing debris and waste. This involves removing around 250 truckloads every day and transporting these to landfill sites. What can be salvaged will be reused to rebuild; (2) Restoring livelihoods through rapid employment efforts, debris clearance, and cash grants for affected businesses. Special attention will be given to women; (3) Restoring local institutions for recovery. This specifically means easing access to public services, recovering lost records, supporting grievance systems; (4) Reducing risk in future disasters. This includes enhancing Early Warning Systems, carrying out risk assessments, and advising on improved building codes.