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The Visayas Operation

EcoWEB has responded to the impact of the 7.2 intensity earthquake on October 8, 2013 that hit Bohol and other nearby islands. Through the assistance of the CREST Malaysia and other individuals donors, EcoWEB has done humanitarian response to the municipality of Maribojoc in the island of Bohol. Currently, in cooperation with the Barangay Jandig, EcoWEB has placed a community-based volunteer through the support of the VIDA program of the Philippine National Volunteering Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA).

In response to Typhoon Haiyan (local name Typhoon Yolanda) that hit the central Philippines on November 8, 2013, EcoWEB then expanded its program coverage to the affected provinces in the Visayas particularly, Northern Cebu, Leyte, and Eastern Samar.

Making six (6) landfalls in the Visayas islands, Typhoon Haiyan is reported to be the worst disaster that ever happened in the country with devastation covering a total of 9 regions, 44 provinces, 57 cities, 591 municipalities, 12,139 barangays. As of 10 January 2014, the devastation left 6,190 people dead, more than 4 million people displaced, 1.1 million houses damaged and significant loss of livelihoods especially on agriculture and fisheries.[1]

Total cost of damage is estimated to have reached over PhP36.622 billions – Php 18.269 billions on infrastructures and PhP18.354 billions on agriculture.[2] The disaster has not only made the people homeless but affecting much the livelihoods as well as the majority of people in the affected areas who mainly depend on farming and fishing as source of living. 

In terms of the over-all impact in terms of area and value of damages, Region VIII in the Visayas has reported 44% of the area or 63 of the 143 municipalities damaged and a total of PhP16.6 B worth of total damages in terms value. Leyte of the 6 provinces in the region is reported to have the widest area damaged (88% or 38/43 of the municipalities) and the highest damage in terms value (PhP11.93B). Second and Fourth in rank are Eastern and Western Samar provinces with 52% and 23% or 12/23 and 6/26 of the municipalities have been affected with PhP3.35B and PhP0.52B worth of damages respectively or a combined total of PhP3.87B damages in 18 municipalities . Third hardest hit is Biliran with 75% or 6/8 of municipalities affected registering PhP3.1B worth of damages.[3]

In partnership with CREST-Malaysia, OMEGA and ARAPAL, Food Bank Singapore, Cedex, German friends and other individuals donors from the country and abroad, EcoWEB has able to provide food and non-food relief assistance to more than 10,000 families affected by Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas.

With support from the Mennonite Central Committee and in partnership with Ecotektonika, EcoWEB has able to build 40 resilient shelters in Dulag, Leyte. WASH facility has been constructed with counterpart support from CREST and other individual such as Mr. Graeme Thain of Scotland and others. Construction of another 2 shelters in Dulag is also made possible thru the support of Robert and Jessica Henley of the UK. PNVSCA is fielding VIDA volunteers to help in this project.

With support from the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) of the England and Wales, EcoWEB is currently partnering with the Department of Agriculture and the Regional Agri-Fisheries Council (RAFC) of Region 8 in building of resilient livelihoods of communities the municipalities of Salcedo, Mercedes and Guiuan in Eastern Samar province.

 

 


 

[1] NDRRMC Update SitRep No. 90 Effects of Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan), http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/UPD%20re%20SitRep%2090%20Effects%20of%20Ty%20YOLANDA%20%2812JAN2014%29.pdf

[2] Ibid

[3] DA -8 Post-Yolanda Livelihood  Enterprises for Rehabilitation and Recovery Power Point Presentation to OPARR-LIVELIHOOD CLUSTER Meeting and Planning Session May 15, 2014