Humanitarian agencies to conduct evaluation on INGOs’ Yolanda emergency response

An inter-agency humanitarian evaluation (IAHE) is conducting an evaluation in North Cebu on Sept. 1-4. It aims to assess the humanitarian agencies that extended emergency response after being hit by typhoon Yolanda last November 2013.

According to Carmel Ulanday of Task Force Paglig-on, IAHE will evaluate the “timeliness, effectiveness and efficiency” of the help these agencies gave to Yolanda survivors.

IAHE is a team comprised of stakeholders directly involved in the response.

These stakeholders include the Philippine Government, United Nations agencies, international non-government organizations (INGOs), civic organizations and other partners.

The team has been going around the Yolanda-affected provinces in the country for the assessment.

IAHE member Rusty Biñas will be heading the evaluation in Cebu.

“The objective really is to be able to reflect on what happened, what are the roles of the international agencies’ response and how these responses blended in coordination with the government,” he said.

Biñas met yesterday with some members of Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and a few active INGOs in Cebu to discuss the coordination between local government units (LGUs), INGOs, and other organizations as well as the issues met during the emergency response.

He will then visit the towns of Bantayan, Sta. Fe and Daanbantayan to meet LGUs, INGOs conducting emergency response in the towns and local communities for consultation.

Ulanday explained that only three towns were chosen because of time constraints.

Criteria in choosing were high level of damage experienced by the town from typhoon Yolanda; high level of poverty before the typhoon came; had received assistance from various organizations and agencies; a mix of rural, urban and coastal areas; and lastly, not frequented by other agencies conducting same evaluation.

Ulanday also emphasized the evaluation is for the Province to gain lessons and best practices.

“It is for us to have lessons learned; it’s not to blame anybody. We document good practices and be able to apply it if another disaster comes,” she said.