Typhoon Bopha Early Recovery Update, 15 April 2013
Progress of Debris Clearing & Management Project
•Debris Management is institutionalized at the Municipal and Provincial levels
•In Davao Oriental, Debris Management is integrated into the Province’s Building Back Better framework for Recovery and Reconstruction.
•Public institutions which were prioritized by LGUs for debris clearing and cleaned-up at the 10 targeted municipalities were restored and now operational.
•Debris Management Teams or Working Groups were organized at the municipal, provincial and at the regional levels. The regional working group is chaired by Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and it focuses on clearing 4 million fallen coconut trees that has to be recovered to avoid infestation of Rhinoceros Beetles and also to grasp lumber opportunities for long term sustainable livelihood. PCA has allocated Php 4million pesos to the activity.
•DSWD,PCA and UNDP purchased 146 chainsaws to be used for cutting the coconut trees.
•Rehabilitation and upgrading of 6 municipal dumpsites into controlled dumpsites with Municipal Recovery Facilities are on-going.
•3,336 men and women were given livelihood through cash for work scheme including provision of personal protective equipment (PPEs).
•Debris related activities for livelihood under the Reduce- Reuse - Recycle concept has been initiated at the Municipality of Cateel dumpsite.
The approached employed by the debris clearing and cleaned-up teams is through coordination and partnership with LGUs. This approach has developed strong ownership of the LGUs and has institutionalized debris management at the Municipal and Provincial levels. UNDP is the primary partner and co-lead of LGUs in the coordination of debris clearing and debris management activities in the two hard-hit provinces.
The province of Davao Oriental has developed policy strategies for coordination of both debris removal and shelter reconstruction. One of the key accomplishments was the establishment of a regional task force that will look into the specific concern of coconut tree debris. Regional agencies of the government made commitments towards helping the provincial government to address this issue. This also resulted in the current vegetative debris clearing that the PCA, the provincial government and UNDP have spearheaded. This synergy has been instrumental in the transformation of the regular provincial government inter-agency committee (ProvIAC) into the de-facto provincial Early Recovery cluster which coordinates the Building Back Better flagship program of the provincial government. The cluster is co-chaired by UNDP and part of its mandate is to coordinate debris management, shelter and livelihood activities
One of the major strengths of the DMP project is the partnerships that the team has developed to ensure the sustainability of project goals, including strengthening collaboration with government agencies, LGUs, UN agencies and NGOs. One notable partnership that the team has developed is with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) in facilitating the crafting of provincial Debris Management plan for the province of Davao Oriental and Early Recovery plan for Compostela Valley. The MinDA has played a key support role in the development of the provincial debris management plan including facilitating the formation of a Regional Task Force on Coconut Debris, which led to the development of the Davao Oriental Action Plan, co-chaired by PCA, and the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental, focused on dealing with the most urgent debris issue in Davao Oriental. In addition, MinDA facilitated planning workshop on Early Recovery as a step towards crafting a provincial plan of ComVal that would guide the province in its Reconstruction, Recovery and Development activities.