Disaster response

ILO pursues its medium-term rebuilding strategy in Davao Oriental

Workers who lost their livelihoods to Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) are now part of rebuilding efforts in Mindanao. The ILO has accelerated its medium-term interventions on sustainable livelihoods with the support of the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

News | 28 February 2014
By: Jedel Ervin Tabamo, Project Coordinator
Typhoon Bopha: Joint response for post calamity interventions, local resource-based employment generation and livelihood recovery interventions in affected areas

More than a year after Typhoon Bopha’s (locally known as Pablo) devastation in the eastern part of Mindanao, much has yet to be done in the municipalities of Baganga, Cateel and Boston.

Rebuilding activities previously carried out have to be done after Typhoon Lingling (Agaton) crossed the same path as Bopha and battered the province early this year. However, majority of donor-funded projects have already exited the three affected municipalities.

Meanwhile, the International Labour Organization (ILO) with funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Government has accelerated its medium-term interventions on sustainable livelihoods. This is on-going until the first half of the year. Workers who were trained formed their local organizations, which enabled them to engage in reconstruction and pursue developmental projects.

Through the ILO process, local organizations are actually experiencing the full cycle of project development, management, monitoring and evaluation. The process help in further building their capacity to enter into contracts and to ensure safe and decent working conditions.

A desilted irrigation system in Barangays Mikit and San Isidro, Municipality of Baganga. The rehabilitation and desilting of the irrigation system considered climate change mitigation by planting madre de cacao along the edges. This subproject was implemented by the Green Mindanao Association, Inc. in collaboration with the Baganga Irrigators Association.

People affected by Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) are now part of rebuilding activities in Mindanao as workers and contractors.

The concrete protection from boulders and logs has been completed and the Baganga Irrigators Association is no longer worried about damage to the irrigation system’s primary canal.

Workers who lost their livelihoods to Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) are now earning, as they also have access to social security, accident and health insurance while rebuilding their communities through a sustainable rice granary.