Ayala Foundation and partners allocate over P200 million for ‘Yolanda’ communities

When typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) struck the Visayas in November 2013, Ayala Foundation immediately opened donation channels and mobilized resources to assist communities severely affected by the typhoon.

In the weeks following the typhoon, the foundation channeled resources for immediate relief by working with government, nongovernment, and international partners. The focus of Ayala Foundation’s post-Yolanda work, however, was in rehabilitation and recovery.

As of March 2015, close to P203.1 million has been raised by the foundation to assist the rebuilding of Yolanda-stricken communities.

Of the funds disbursed as of March, seventy-four percent has been allocated for education, sustainable livelihood, and housing support. Sixteen percent of the total funds disbursed to date was allotted for immediate relief, while the remaining ten percent was used to support the relief activities of other partner organizations, as well as for logistical support.

Ayala Foundation and its partners have earmarked P96 million in education and sustainable livelihood initiatives in the following areas: Sagay and Cadiz, Negros Occidental; Tacloban and Javier, Leyte; Estancia and Carles, Iloilo; and in parts of Samar.

Among the educational interventions are the “disaster-resilient” school buildings in Sagay, officially turned over to the Department of Education and the local government unit in November last year. This year, the foundation and its partners are also building two-storey school buildings in Estancia and Carles, Iloilo. Teacher training is also part of the long-term educational support provided by the foundation for its communities.

In terms of sustainable livelihood, the foundation has provided seeds and fertilizer to help in the rehabilitation of a combined 300 hectares of farmlands in Negros Occidental, Leyte, and Iloilo. Aside from farming support, the foundation has also provided sari-sari stores, pedicabs, and fishing boats for selected families.

Meanwhile, the remaining P107 million worth of funds channeled through the foundation is being invested in other areas supported by the Ayala group of companies, such as northern Iloilo and Aklan.

Through its Bulig Bisaya initiative, the Ayala group of companies is committed to providing input in education, livelihood, health, and housing in Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Aklan, and Leyte. 

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