Tacloban and Samar Haiyan response culminating event

Culminating Event of ILO's Haiyan Response in Tacloban and Samar

The International Labour Organization (ILO) Emergency Employment and Livelihood Recovery (EELR) Project for Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) and Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) draws to a close in October 2015. In commemoration of the occasion, the Project Offices in Tacloban and Samar will hold a culminating event to bring together partners in Tacloban and Samar to share insights and lessons learned from their post-Haiyan and Ruby experience.

The event aims to highlight the ILO’s interventions on sustainability and livelihood recovery as implemented in collaboration with its partners. To date, about 8,233 beneficiaries (4,970 males, 3,263 females) from Leyte and 2,589 beneficiaries (937 males, 1,652 females) from Samar were reached through various sub-projects on emergency employment, local resource-based works, skills development training, and enterprise development.  A combined total of 36 sub-projects were implemented in various municipalities in the provinces of Leyte and Samar.

The culminating event will also be a venue for the implementing partners to share, compare and learn from each other; and for government units and agencies to assess their capabilities and potentials. A ceremonial turn-over of sub-project outputs and a signing of a Letter of Commitment will also take place. Partners from regional government agencies (DOLE, TESDA, DSWD, DOST, NIA, DepEd, SSS, PhilHealth), local government units from Leyte and Samar, the provincial government of Leyte and implementing partners will be attending.

The Governments of Norway and Japan as well as the International Maritime Employers Council supported the ILO Haiyan response in Leyte and Samar.

 Worker-beneficiaries are trained in Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT), a simple, applicable, low-cost method of upland farming. Also called contour farming, it is a technique developed for small farmers with few tools, little capital and little knowledge of new agricultural approaches. SALT also contributes to soil erosion control, soil protection and landscape stability.