In just two years, Eddie Catubig and his wife survived two natural disasters in the Philippines–Typhoon Sendong in 2011 and Typhoon Bohpa in 2012. Participating in CRS’ cash-for-work program helped him get back on his feet and begin to rebuild his life. Photo by CRS staff
Typhoon Bopha struck the island of Mindanao, Philippines, a few weeks before Christmas. It killed more than 1,000 people. More than 800 are still missing and hundreds of thousands are homeless. The typhoon caused flooding and mudslides that destroyed miles of infrastructure, knocked out electricity and destroyed more than 150,000 homes.
CRS staff reached affected areas the day after the storm hit and immediately began organizing a response for devastated communities. CRS provided clean water, shelter, hygiene kits, and mud and debris removal.
CRS continues to assist families in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental with shelter, water, and livelihood recovery. Here are some of the tangible accomplishments since the emergency response began:
Completed emergency shelter kit distributions to 7,039 families in Davao Oriental and Compotela Valley provinces including tarpaulins and nails. The total revised target for emergency shelter is 10,250 families.
The CRS shelter team finished construction of one of three demonstration recovery shelters this week in preparation for the upcoming recovery shelter program in Davao Oriental funded by Cordaid and Latter-day Saints Charities. At a cost of $380/unit, the shelter provides 17.5 square meters of enclosed, covered space and incorporates several simple but effective disaster resistant construction techniques.
CRS has employed 715 workers for 5,578 workdays under cash for work to clear public roads, canals, schools, and churches of debris.
2,760 hygiene kits and 2,791 water kits have been distributed to affected families in Davao Oriental.
3,906 beneficiaries in Cateel, Davao Oriental and 224 New Bataan, Compostela Valley attended hygiene promotion activities this week.
CRS has started water trucking in Cateel, Davao Oriental in three sites with a total volume of 130,000 liters having been delivered to date. A total of 1,370,000L of water have been delivered to the 21 water tanks in Compostela Valley serving 1,970 families.
CRS submitted a concept note for transitional shelter to USAID/OFDA on Friday to assist 3,400 families.