Rehabilitation and assistance following typhoon Haiyan

December 3 to present On November 8, 2013, the world watched as the most powerful tropical cyclone in recorded history hit the Philippines. Super typhoon Yolanda (International codename: Haiyan) barrelled through most of the central part of the archipelago, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. With a death toll of over 5,632 and 1,759 missing as of December 2nd, Haiyan destroyed over a million homes and affected 12,014 barangays. Closer to Save Palawan Seas’ home, over 250 families lost their houses in Bantayan Island, an isolated land mass located off the coast of Cebu. While in Palawan, hundreds of families in remote islands have lost their homes. Moreover major infrastructures such as piers and roads have been destroyed, not to mention their sources of livelihood. Majority of these island-dwellers are fishermen and Yolanda spared none of their boats, their main source of income. In December 2013, immediately after the storm, SPSF launched a rehabilitation initiative for the affected areas. Composed of Three phases: First, the rebuilding of structures and homes in Palawan, and second, the rehabilitation of structures and homes in Bantayan Island, Cebu, and third, the rehabilitation of sources of livelihood for residents in these affected areas. To date, SPSF has completed the following activities:

PHASE 1
Donated construction materials for the rehabilitation of the facilities of Barangay Isidro in the Municipality of Busuanga, Palawan. The supplies were used for the barangay clubhouse, stage, posts, and basketball court.

PHASE 2
  • Inspected 398 houses during the period of December 10 to 23, 2013 in Bantayan Island, Cebu. This was done by SPSF staff together with experienced carpenters to assess the damage caused by Typhoon Yolanda.
  • Awarded materials for repair of damaged houses an estimated 100 families from from Barangay Tamiao, Municipality of Bantayan, Bantayan Island Cebu, the value of which was about P 832,068.00
  • Additional materials will be awarded on early January 2014 for another 123 families from Barangays Tamiao and Atop-atop in Bantayan Island, Cebu valued at P1,670,000.00
SPSF is focusing its efforts initially in rebuilding structures that would shelter residents and help restore a semblance of normalcy to their lives.