Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan aftermath
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Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan aftermath

Within a few hours on Friday 8 November 2013, the super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) ripped through the Philippines, bringing death and destruction. Since day one, the ILO has been working with the government, businesses and workers in the Philippines to set up an emergency employment programme to help people rebuilding their lives.


  1. From Tacloban

    Rebuilding livelihoods in the wake of Haiyan's destruction

    As victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan struggle to pick up the pieces, the ILO is working hand-in-hand with Philippine authorities to help the most vulnerable regain their livelihoods and build back better.

Haiyan, six months on...

It is now six months since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on 8 November, devastating parts of the central Philippines and affecting 14 million people overall, of which six million workers. A massive international mobilization and the resilience of the survivors helped restore livelihoods but millions still have needs requiring urgent attention.
Almost six million workers have been affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Of these, 2.6 million were already in vulnerable employment and living at or near the poverty line even before the super typhoon. Emergency employment provides not just a job, but a decent work opportunity, with a minimum wage guarantee, occupational safety and health and access to social security, accident and health insurance.
In Leyte, workers under the emergency employment programme repair a damaged school after Haiyan (Yolanda). The Early Recovery and Livelihood Cluster provided more than 130,000 people with emergency employment and livelihood services. The ILO co-leads the cluster with UNDP to help affected workers and their families to begin rebuilding their lives, and reviving the economy, through decent jobs. Haiyan uprooted thousands of coconut trees. Workers under the emergency employment programme are clearing and turning fallen coconut trees into coco lumber, which can be used as a local resource in rebuilding damaged houses and small infrastructures. For decades, Marina Tutud of Northern Cebu relied on coconut trees  as main source of income until Haiyan damaged their coconut plantation. She joined the Emergency Employment Programme and helped her husband in buying a fishing boat using the money she earned. Ensuring jobs for 100,000 men and women that include minimum wages, sound occupational safety, skills development and social protection can change half a million lives. Workers under the emergency employment programme build a Sawali Production Centre. Sawali split bamboo mats are used for walls of tourist resorts and hotels in Coron, Palawan. The emergency employment programme will transition to medium-term labour-based community work, skills training and enterprise development.
  • I am amazed by the resilience of the Typhoon victims (...) The community spirit is extraordinary. The people are so clearly focused on looking forward and rebuilding a better future."

    Yoshiteru Uramoto, ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific
  • It’s just heart wrenching to think of the thousands of lives that were lost and the millions of livelihoods that were devastated (...) We need to come together to put the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan on a path that leads to a better life."

    Lawrence J. Johnson, ILO Philippine Office
  • The scale of the destruction, and the suffering, is truly shocking (...) relief and reconstruction needs will be enormous. We urge the international community to be generous in their support."

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder
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