Public structures and recycling of debris

Safety first: Demolition of earthquake damaged public structures and recycling of debris in Loon, Bohol

When a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Philippines in October 2013, the Municipality of Loon in Bohol suffered the most in terms of number of totally and partially damaged infrastructure, both public and private. The devastation was exacerbated when Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit a month later. In response, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) partnered with the Loon United Workers Organisation (LUWO) to support the community’s effort to rise above the catastrophe.

A total of 214 workers (136 women, 78 men), both LUWO members and non-members, were engaged in the sub-project. While many of them were already skilled and certified in construction work, the ILO with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provided further trainings and enhancement of their skills.