Exactly one month after it was launched and one week to its culmination, beneficiaries of the Skills Training and Emergency Employment towards Recovery in Northern Cebu (STEER – North Cebu) Project in Daanbantayan have put up three houses that showcase the skills acquired by the participants.
The houses serve as the outputs of the beneficiaries in four competencies, namely: carpentry, masonry, plumbing and electrical. The beneficiaries are all survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.
The project aims to help and assist Northern Cebu residents to get back on their feet after super typhoon Yolanda, develop skills and competencies of people to rebuild, repair and eventually rehabilitate the infrastructure, shelter, cultural heritage of devastated communities and provide emergency employment opportunities for community folks to jumpstart their lives towards eventual normalcy.
The beneficiaries expressed gratitude for the project which not only gave them the opportunity to learn skills, that they can put to use as means of livelihood, but also afforded them with daily allowance in the course of the training.
The project is a partnership between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), the Province of Cebu and the concerned local government units (LGUs).
The houses were erected on a lot owned by the Daanbantayan municipal government. The prospective recipients of the residences will be determined by the local government unit.
Ms. Marivic Calderon, livelihood consultant of Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, said that even before the trainees could complete their course, job opportunities are already awaiting them as a non-government organization which is also involved in the rehabilitation of areas in northern Cebu, has expressed willingness to hire them.
Meanwhile, funding assistance from UNDP to the Bogo United Fishermen’s Association (BUFA) have been used by members in rehabilitating their fishing boats damaged in the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda. The office of the Vice Governor also facilitated the release of funding assistance from the UNDP.
Non-members, but duly registered fishermen of the city, have also availed of the assistance. So far, more than P700 thousand has been downloaded to the association as assistance.
At least 90% of the almost 400 members of the association have resumed their livelihood after their fishing boats, which incurred minor damage, had been repaired. Of the six fishing boats that suffered major damage, four heve been fully restored, one is nearing completion and the repair for the remaining one unit has still to start.
Fishing gears composed of nets and materials for fishpens and artificial reefs have also been received by the fishermen. Roger Serna