Some 20 months since Typhoon Haiyan struck, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) continues to support the PRC in implementing recovery programmes in benefit of those who were mostly impacted. Provision of shelter repair assistance was completed in December 2014, with 18,344 households reached. A further 3,620 households have now also received core shelters together with latrines and septic tanks.
With regards to livelihoods, 24,877 households also received a conditional cash grant of up to Philippine peso (PHP) 10,000 (CHF 202) to support them in restarting their income generating activities. The livelihoods intervention is also now in the process of providing skills training to 577 youth members to expand their employment opportunities. The community-based livelihoods programme has also progressed, with training for facilitators, and orientation for 68 communities already completed. However, only 50 communities have committed to the programme.
Health continues to make good progress with the community-based disease prevention programme. Using the community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) programme, 68 communities have now successfully completed community assessments and are starting to develop community action plans. Out of a target of 20, 5 health facilities have also been completed, 4 of which were rehabilitated and 1 was reconstructed; and a further 14 are currently in progress of being rehabilitated or constructed. Water and sanitation are also making progress using participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation (PHAST) in 22 communities and children’s hygiene and sanitation transformation (CHAST) under way in 27 schools which also received facilities development support.
This is a good example of the integration of health with water, sanitation and hygiene, ensuring an appropriate and holistic response for the community.
The appeal also supports the PRC in improving its technical and material capacities in responding to disasters and delivering services. To strengthen community capacity in preparing for and mitigating the risks of disasters, PRC has incorporated disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management measures in its shelter, livelihoods, health, water and sanitation recovery interventions.