Ayala Foundation and partners provide sustainable livelihood assistance in Leyte

Ayala Foundation turned over 10 Hapinoy Stores and banana plantlets and fertilizers to jumpstart a banana intercropping project among 148 farmers in Javier, Leyte. In photo: L-R:  Vice Mayor Emma Abueva, one of the 148 recipients of banana plantlets/fertilizers, and Ayala Foundation President Luli Heras-de Leon.

Ayala Foundation turned over 10 Hapinoy Stores and banana plantlets and fertilizers to jumpstart a banana intercropping project among 148 farmers in Javier, Leyte. In photo: L-R: Vice Mayor Emma Abueva, one of the 148 recipients of banana plantlets/fertilizers, and Ayala Foundation President Luli Heras-de Leon.

 After investing over PhP30 million in relief and rehabilitation in Northern Negros, Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) is now providing livelihood assistance for families severely affected by Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in Tacloban City and Javier, Leyte.

After a series of visits and consultation with stakeholders, AFI is investing an initial PhP3 million to focus on providing community-based, need-driven, and sustainable livelihood assistance.

In Tacloban City, AFI is allotting PhP1.5 million for sustainable livelihood. To contribute to the strengthening of economic activity in the area, 10 beneficiaries have been identified to receive Hapinoy sari-sari stores. (Hapinoy is an organization committed to nurturing community-based micro- and small enterprises.) In addition, 50 pedicab drivers from the San Jose district who lost their main source of livelihood after the typhoon will receive new pedicabs.

AFI worked closely with the City Government of Tacloban to identify the beneficiaries for the pedicab project. The wives and older children of the pedicab drivers will also receive additional livelihood training. Work is underway to provide health cards and scholarships for members of the drivers’ families.

Ayala Foundation turned over of 50 pedicabs and 10 Hapinoy stores in Tacloban. In photo, from L-R: Councilor Cristina Romualdez, Ayala Foundation President Luli Heras-de Leon, Congressman Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Mayor Alfred Romualdez

Ayala Foundation turned over of 50 pedicabs and 10 Hapinoy stores in Tacloban. In photo, from L-R: Councilor Cristina Romualdez, Ayala Foundation President Luli Heras-de Leon, Congressman Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Mayor Alfred Romualdez

Said Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez: “In our hour of need friends from all over the world came to our rescue. Ayala Foundation is such a friend—with its generous donations of sari sari stores and pedicabs for our fellow Taclobanons who lost their means of livelihood during the disaster that befell our beloved city.”

Meanwhile, another PhP1.5 million is being invested in sustainable livelihood projects in Javier, a municipality south of Tacloban. Ten families from Javier will receive Hapinoy stores. In addition, AFI will donate plantlets and fertilizers to jumpstart a banana intercropping project among 148 farmers.  

Aside from taking the lead in identifying the 148 farmer beneficiaries, the Javier municipal government will provide the necessary training in organic banana production. The Javier Vegetables Growers Association (JAVEGA) is another important partner in implementing the project and providing regular monitoring reports to AFI. The goal is for the JAVEGA to become a fully functioning and self-sustaining multipurpose cooperative.

The coco-based banana intercropping livelihood project will establish a 35-hectare demo farm for lakatan banana intercropping with the goal of teaching coconut farmers that planting other crops within the coconut farm can help diversify their income sources. Market studies conducted by JAVEGA have shown a high demand for bananas in Eastern Visayas, especially the lakatan variety.  

Sustainable Livelihood packages turnover in Javier, Leyte.  Ayala Foundation donated plantlets and fertilizers to jumpstart a banana intercropping project among 148 farmers in Javier, Leyte.

Sustainable Livelihood packages turnover in Javier, Leyte. Ayala Foundation donated plantlets and fertilizers to jumpstart a banana intercropping project among 148 farmers in Javier, Leyte.

“Javier is a poor municipality, but with friends like Ayala Foundation who are helping us recover from Yolanda, we are committed much more to ensuring that these investments will be put to good use for the benefit of our brothers and sisters,” said Javier Mayor Sandy Javier. “This has restored their belief in themselves and their ability and confidence to get back on their feet.”

AFI works in close coordination with the community and other stakeholders in implementing the livelihood projects. Partner communities provide counterpart funding or social equity that fosters community ownership of projects, which then ensures the projects’ sustainability and long-term growth.

Said AFI President Luli Heras-de Leon: “We believe in integrated, sustainable solutions for our communities. This is why we consider strategic partnerships an important factor in ensuring the success of any undertaking, especially in relation to rehabilitation after Typhoon Yolanda.”

Immediately after typhoon Yolanda hit the country, AFI opened all its donation channels and raised funds for its immediate relief efforts. The foundation partnered with the World Food Programme, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Ayala Business Club Cebu to provide food and other necessities for over 10,000 families in Tacloban, Leyte; Cebu City and Northern Cebu; and Roxas City, Capiz. More than PhP5 million was deployed for immediate relief.

Earlier this year, AFI partnered with the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation to build or repair fishing boats, and provide fishing tools for fishing families in Sagay and Cadiz, Negros Occidental. AFI also provided funding for the construction of two disaster-resilient, 13-classroom school buildings at the Old Sagay Elementary School. To help rehabilitate 200 hectares of farmlands in Cadiz City, farmers received seeds, fertilizers, and training in organic farming.

AFI will also provide long-term intervention in education and sustainable livelihood in Northern Iloilo, particularly in the towns of Estancia and Carles, to help set them on the path to recovery.  

AFI continues to work with local government units of affected communities to assess the people’s needs and identify other forms of needed interventions.

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