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How Steer-Northern Cebu, Cash-for-Work taught survivors self-reliance

| by: Roger Serna

Two programs implemented in partnership with the Cebu Provincial Government taught super typhoon Yolanda survivors self-reliance and emphasized how resilient Filipinos are.

Steer-Northern Cebu and Cash-for-Work assisted survivors to stand on their own feet. In the process, they helped them recover quickly from the calamity.

Steer-Northern Cebu or Skills Training and Emergency Employment towards Recovery in Northern Cebu was a partnership between United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), concerned local government units, and the Cebu Provincial Government.

Steer was programmed to assist northern Cebu residents to develop their skills and competencies in rebuilding, repairing and rehabilitating the infrastructure, shelter, cultural heritage of devastated communities as well as providing emergency employment opportunities for community folks to jumpstart their lives towards eventual normalcy. The project also imbibed the bayanihan spirit of cooperation.

The beneficiaries were taught the crafts of carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and practical electricity.

On the other hand, the Cash-for-Work project of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) aimed to help beneficiaries of overseas workers by giving them the opportunity to earn extra money in cleaning the streets, canals, rivers, roadsides, shorelines, and waterways of the localities after the calamity struck.

The project was implemented in the towns of Poro, Tudela, Pilar, Daanbantayan, Sogod, and Tabuelan, among others. It tapped the efficient system of the province used in distributing cash incentives to volunteer workers in the barangays.

The rate given to the beneficiaries was P327 per day, which is higher than the usual rate in rural areas as this is the daily rate enjoyed by workers in Cebu City.

OWWA Region 7 Director Wilfreda Misterio justified the rate as the agency’s gesture of maximizing the help they can extend to the beneficiaries of the overseas workers who are duly registered with the agency.

Both the beneficiaries and the local government officials were grateful for the said projects since these proved to be therapeutic by diverting the attention of the survivors from their sad fate, provided them with something to start with in rebuilding their lives and gave them hope for fast recovery.

Note: News item culled from past articles about the rehabilitation efforts for Yolanda survivors