The Cebu Provincial Board has authorized Governor Hilario Davide III to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Philippines for the implementation of an early recovery programme in the northern areas of Cebu affected by super typhoon Yolanda.
Initial projects that have been approved for funding under the terms of the MOU are the following: 1.) Cash for Work assistance in the amount of P7,839,000 for debris cleaning; 2.) Rehabilitation of livelihood assets of Bogo City Fisher folks amounting to P1,117,206 and 3.) P4,534,935 for a skills training program to be downloaded to the Provincial Government of Cebu.
Funds intended for Cash for Work assistance for debris clearing will be equally divided among the Municipalities of Bantayan, Sta Fe, and San Remegio. The emergency employment program will benefit 1800 marginalized victims of Typhoon Yolanda from the said municipalities.
The amount set aside for Bogo United Fishermen Association (BUFA) is intended for the restoration of the livelihood assets of Bogo City fisherfolks. This project encompasses repair of fishing boats and fish pens coupled with the rehabilitation of the marine sanctuary of the city. The repair of livelihood assets of the members of the BUFA has been identified by the City Government of Bogo as a priority project given its huge impact to the lives of marginal fisher folks and the subsequent impact towards the revival and recovery of its fishing industry.
The P4,534,935 downloaded to the province will be allotted for the purchase of equipment that will be utilized for skills training in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and electrical installation. The 1500 trainees will also receive starter kits from UNDP upon completion of the training so they can immediately work on the rehabilitation of damaged structures in their municipality. The Skills Training and Emergency Employment towards Recovery in northern Cebu (STEER-Cebu) is a convergent project of UNDP, Cebu Provincial Government, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The 15 participating LGUS will shoulder the honoraria for the trainers.
According to Provincial Director Buenafe Sta Rita, TESDA through Secretary Joel Villanueva committed the initial amount of P500,000 to jumpstart the STEER Project. The output of the project will be the building of model shelter houses.
Governor Davide lauded the UNDP for the immense assistance the organization has given to the Cebu Provincial Government and the victims of typhoon Yolanda.
Vice Governor Agnes Magpale on the other hand said she is exteremely grateful to the UNDP for its swift response in debris clearing, emergency employment and livelihood assistance. Diane Higida