UN and partners continue to help Philippines rebuild

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Bernard received 500 pesos for the day through Cash-for-work cleanup in Tacloban, Philippines. Photo: Jay Santos/IRIN

Providing humanitarian relief to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines remains a priority for the United Nations and its partners, a senior UN official told journalists in New York on Monday.

Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator at the UN Development Programme (UNDP), reported on aid efforts nearly four weeks after the devastating storm.

This includes distributing food to three million people, providing shelter material to 10,000 families and vaccinating 60,000 children against polio and measles.

Meanwhile, thousands of adults are being recruited for cash-for-work programmes.

"And the goal of the recovery process is to help people return to normalcy by putting children back to school, getting men and women jobs, reopening hospitals and restarting the provision of public services. This is the road to recovery. It will lead to building back resilient communities able to withstand future superstorms." (22″)

Mr. Xu said the majority of the emergency employment schemes are focused on debris clearance so that aid can reach affected areas while also injecting cash into the local economy.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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