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.

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... 
  • 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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