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Photos: Rebuilding livelihoods

The livelihoods of almost six million workers have been destroyed or disrupted. ILO teams have been on the ground since day one, supporting emergency employment and helping stricken communities build back better.
Since Haiyan struck on 8 November, the ILO helped create over 20,000 jobs under the emergency employment programme, reaching out to 100,000 people during the initial phase in 2013 to help improve their living and working conditions.
Within a few hours on Friday 8 November 2013, the super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) ripped through the Philippines, bringing death and destruction. The deadly storm left behind a trail of devastation when it barreled over a 300-kilometer area in the central Philippines. More than 14 million people have had their lives turned upside down. Over five million have lost permanently or temporarily their livelihoods. Overall, almost 6 million workers have been affected by the typhoon. Half of them were already in vulnerable employment and living at or near the poverty line. These have lost everything: their income, their home, with no saving to rely on. Farms and fisheries have been hit hard, but half of the workers affected were in the services sector, working in working in transport, stores, plumbing, cooking, teaching, cleaning or security...  Since day one, the ILO has been working with all stakeholders to set up an emergency employment programme to help people rebuilding their lives. The Philippine government has placed emergency employment and early rebuilding of livelihoods at the forefront of its national disaster response strategy to help people return to a normal life as soon as possible. ILO has helped put in place Emergency employment programmes in several areas promoting decent work to help rebuild the community infrastructure (markets, roads, schools, hospitals...).
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