Red Cross turns over core shelters, water and sanitation facilities in Compostela Valley

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As part of Philippine Red Cross' rehabilitation efforts on Typhoon Pablo (internation name Bopha) core shelters and water and sanitation facilities were turned over today in Compostela Valley.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordon and Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang turned over 350 core shelter units to family beneficiaries in municipality of New Bataan and Monkayo today.

Through funding support of 70,000 php per shelter from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) hundreds of families can now live in decent homes.

Water and Sanitation facilities in Compostela Central Elementary School and New Visayas Elementary School were also officially inaugurated today.

The WATSAN facilities are composed of two units of male comfort rooms and urinals, two units of female comfort rooms and two units of hand washing facilities.

On December 2012, typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha made landfall in Mindanao. It is considered as the worst typhoon of 2012 affecting 208 municipalities, and displacing more than 3,000 families. Over 32,000 houses were destroyed, with recorded casualties of 627 dead, 3,248 persons injured and 568 still missing.

The worst hit provinces were Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, where the typhoon caused massive flooding and landslides.

Through the continuous efforts of the Philippine Red Cross, and with the support of partner national societies, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent and International Committee of the Red Cross, effective, and expeditious assistance were extended to survivors of the storm.

"The Philippines has always been in the path of powerful and destructive typhoons. It makes a lot of sense for us to be always ready and prepared to respond to such disasters. More and more, the cumulative impact of these devastating storms should make us realize that disaster risk reduction programs must be part of any sustainable approach to prevent the loss of life or destruction of property,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.

More than 4,350 families were provided with core shelters and 7,285 individuals were given shelter tool kit to immediately repair and reconstructed their homes.

PRC also provided livelihood opportunities to more than 3,100 individuals through cash-for-work program and 25, 453 families benefitted from the livelihood programs.

Clean and potable water is one of the pressing issues that PRC addressed in the affected provinces. More than 3.7million liters of water were produced catering 20, 145 families.

Health and hygiene promotions were conducted for 40, 190 families in Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Palawan, Siquijor and Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, Secretary General Pang said that she was elated to see how the people of Compostela Valley have almost fully recovered from the disaster.

"It has been two years, and we are happy to see that most of the affected families have already gotten back on their feet.'” said Pang.