Philippines: FAO donates vegetable seeds, farm tools to new settlements

Report
from International Organization for Migration
Published on 05 Aug 2008
The UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) has delivered vegetable seeds and farm tools to two new permanent shelter sites built by IOM and USAID for families made homeless by Typhoon Reming in November 2006.

The project, in collaboration with the Spanish government and the Philippine Department of Agriculture, delivered 150 packs of vegetable seeds and farm tools including 30 shovels, 15 rakes, 15 hoes and 75 trowels to the resettlement communities of Arandurugan-Kenney Village in Mauraro, Guinobatan, and Bungkaras Village in Tagaytay, Camalig.

The tools will be kept by the Homeowners' Association in each settlement and will be freely available for use by any of the nearly 1,700 families living in the two locations.

FAO representative Jaime Montesur also promised that his organization will provide fruit-bearing seedlings to be planted around the perimeter of each site and will sponsor a training programme on urban gardening for residents.

IOM and USAID, which are contributing some 700 of the 1,700 homes in the two settlements, have supported the Philippine government's sustainable recovery programme for survivors in Albay and Camarines Sur provinces since the typhoon.

For more information, please contact Mark Maulit. Email: mmaulit@iom.int. Tel: +63.9215763047.

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