UNDP launches cash-for-work programme for destroyed communities in the Philippines

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Cash for work programme for Typhoon Haiyan victims.

In the Philippines, villagers hit hard by Typhoon Haiyan are getting cash-for-work through debris removal projects organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Local communities started clearing rubble and medical waste, earning much needed income to get back on track after the destruction from the typhoon, while also easing access routes for humanitarian supplies.

Over the past weekend, an initial group of 180 men and women started removing rubble and medical waste in two hospitals, two schools and streets in three severely damaged neighborhoods in Tacloban and in Palo through the UNDP organized cash-for-work programme. They received basic equipment and tools such as generators, shovels, and wheelbarrows to begin the early recovery process. With the assistance of the Australian aid agency, AusAid, 50 workers per day receive vaccinations against tetanus.

The debris removal and waste management are part of a US$ 20 million early recovery plan which has building resilience of these communities at its core. The programmes under the plan will help, among other things, rehabilitate local businesses, restore community infrastructure such as access roads and town (barangay) halls, and will contribute to restarting the provision of services of the local government structures that were severely affected by the typhoon.

UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific Haoliang Xu, said "The debris removal is an important part of the relief operation as streets without rubble are a precondition for aid distribution."

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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