February 27, 2015
The Catholic Church through its humanitarian, development and advocacy arm NASSA/Caritas Philippines has so far reached more than 101,000 survivors of Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ as the first phase of its recovery and rehabilitation program nears completion this March.
According to NASSA/Caritas Philippines National Director Rolando Tria Tirona OCD, this is just the beginning of the three-year program which began last April across nine provinces severely affected by ‘Yolanda’. These are: Leyte, Western Samar, Eastern Samar, Palawan, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, and Cebu.
“This is the realization of our commitment to rehabilitate the lives of the survivors after the typhoon’s devastation. Our dream to build resilient communities is slowly coming to life. On the second year, we are hoping to continue this worthwhile endeavour through the help of our partners and donors,” Archbishop Tirona said.
Based on the third quarter report, the total number of shelters constructed is already at 1,790, while houses repaired is at 205. Water system and sanitation facilities as well as hygiene promotion trainings were also provided to 36,913 individuals. There were also 54,810 beneficiaries of various livelihood assistance and trainings.
The #REACHPhilippines (REcovery Assistance to Vulnerable Communities Affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines) is deemed as the most massive recovery program led by the Church in the Yolanda-hit areas. The beneficiaries were among the poorest of the poor and least served by government and other non-government organizations.
It was also the fastest emergency appeal responded to by more than 30 Caritas Internationalis member organizations with budget for the first year alone amounting to P587 million. Of these, 364.9 million have already been spent and accounted for as of December 2014.
“We make sure that transparent and honest spending is being observed at both the national and diocesan levels. That is why we have institutionalized financial monitoring and evaluation policies by regular monitoring and evaluation each quarter, by national and international auditors,” the archbishop said in closing.
For more information, please contact:
Jing Rey Henderson
Senior Communications Officer
Communications Office for Emergency Response