Ayala Foundation invests 30 Million in Yolanda-related rehabilitation
Three months after Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) ravaged the Visayas, Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) and its donors are stepping up their commitment to the long-term rehabilitation of disaster-stricken communities by making an initial investment of PhP30 million in sustainable livelihood and education.
AFI’s recovery and rehabilitation efforts are focused on the cities of Sagay and Cadiz, Negros Occidental, as well as Jaro and Dulag, Leyte, and Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
AFI will also help rebuild schools in Tacloban, Leyte. AFI is scheduled to visit Tacloban on March 24 for site assessment and project implementation discussions.
To date, AFI has received PhP44 million in cash donations and P23.8 million in pledges.
In Sagay, AFI is investing PhP17.7 million in sustainable livelihood and education. In partnership with the Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC) Foundation’s Peter Project, AFI has funded the repair of 47 boats for fishing families in Suyac Island. All boats have been turned over to the fishermen. It will also fund the construction of two disaster-resilient, school buildings at the Old Sagay Elementary School. The foundation is working closely with the Department of Education, and Makati Development Corporation for the design and construction of the buildings. Construction of the school buildings will be complete by November 2014.
In Cadiz, AFI is providing PhP2.4 million worth of sustainable livelihood assistance for the families of fishermen and farmers. Sixty new boats were turned over in January. AFI is also providing seeds and fertilizers that will jumpstart agricultural activity in the area, particularly in 200 hectares of devastated farmlands. AFI will advocate organic farming in Cadiz, and provide the necessary training for local farmers. Training and organic farming activities will start by March 2014.
AFI will also bringText2Teach, a mobile-based educational intervention, to five schools each in Sagay and Cadiz. Implemented by DepEd, Nokia, Globe Telecom, Pearson Foundation, Toshiba, and AFI, Text2Teach provides multimedia educational materials in English, Mathematics, Science, and Values Education for grade five and six students. Text2Teach will be rolled out upon completion of the new school buildings by the end of the year.
In Jaro and Dulag, Leyte, and Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the Philippine Consulate to Monaco is working with AFI in rebuilding the homes of residents and initiating sustainable livelihood activities. Over PhP6.56 million has been allotted for shelter kits, fishing boats, seeds, and fertilizers.
Together with Globe Telecom, AFI is providing 110 transitional tent classrooms (worth PhP2 million) to several Yolanda-affected schools in the Visayas. Some of the donations were also allocated for tents delivered to Tacloban.
“Our initiatives in rebuilding the livelihood of our fishermen and farmers and the construction of disaster-resilient classrooms and entry of our Text2Teach program are all aligned with two of Ayala Foundation’s program pillars—education and sustainable livelihood,” said Maria Lourdes Heras-de Leon, Ayala Foundation president.
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.
The Ayala group, its employees, partners, and donors, have contributed close to PhP200 million in cash, services, and goods in aid of communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda. From the immediate task of providing vital services and relief, the conglomerate’s “BuligBisaya” initiative is now focused on rebuilding homes and schools, restoring livelihood, and rehabilitating communities to be more resilient.
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