Plan, WFP projects in Pablo-hit areas end

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Friday, December 13, 2013

POST-RECOVERY efforts initiated by two non-government organizations (NGOs) in the hardest-hit municipalities of Compostela Valley (Comval) province have helped residents recover a year after Typhoon Pablo devastated most parts of the province.

A total of 304 individuals benefited from the cash for work program (CFW) program of Plan International and World Food Programme (WFP) in Barangay San Jose, Monkayo, and Andap, New Bataan in Compostela Valley (Comval).

The program helped residents rebuild their communities damaged by the typhoon in exchange for work completed in a certain period. Each beneficiary received P226 a day.

Different projects were implemented under the CFW scheme in two barangays, funded by the European Community Humanitarian Office (Echo) through Plan International and WFP, allowing the people to work while at the same time earn in a four cycle-program, which started on August 29 and ended December 5, 2013 in Barangay San Jose, Monkayo.

In San Jose, among the projects approved and implemented by the NGOs were the paving of the farm-to-market roads and the water system rehabilitation for the first cycle.

The second cycle projects already implemented included the canal rehabilitation and construction of a learning center while for the third cycle, continuation of farm-to-market road construction and water rehabilitation, and de-silting of canal.

For the fourth cycle, projects implemented were communal garden for the livelihood of the affected residents, planting of 300 seedlings, three fish ponds in Purok 14 and Purok 15, and the continuation of water system rehabilitation.

Melvin Diancin, community development facilitator of Plan in Monkayo, said the beneficiaries had gone through processes before they were singled out in the program.

“Another point (for the family) if totally damaged talaga ang kanilang tahanan,” he said, adding that CFW beneficiaries worked 10 days in a month.

Barangay San Jose captain Marcelo Sam-O Jr. said the implementation of the projects helped the residents at least return to living a normal life, although he added recovery is barely half, which will take years before farmers can harvest their crops again.

“Ang projects ay maraming naitutulong na maganda,” he said.

In Andap, Plan International and WFP implemented for first cycle the flood control plan, road clearing and canal de-silting, water system installation; second cycle, construction of four temporary bridges, construction of purok centers; third cycle, construction of another two temporary bridges, establishment of dikes, continuation of road clearing and de-silting; and for the fourth cycle, reconstruction of Mayo Bridge and the bamboo bridge.

The four-cycle program implemented in New Bataan started last August 13 and ended December 2.

Diancin said these projects will be sustained by the community beneficiaries later on, especially for long-term projects like the planting of crops.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 14, 2013.

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