Ayala Foundation launches post-Yolanda initiatives in northern Iloilo

The municipalities of Carles and Estancia in Iloilo province take another major step toward recovery, following the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

On February 9, Ayala Foundation and its partners held the official launch of its education and sustainable livelihood interventions in Carles and Estancia.

In Carles, the foundation led the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of two disaster-resilient, two-story school buildings—one for Carles Central School, and another for Cawayan Elementary School. The buildings will have a combined total of 12 classrooms, and will also feature emergency alarm systems, kitchens, and shower areas. Taking into account the need to “build better,” the structures, when completed, are meant to withstand up to 250kph of winds.

Aside from the school buildings, Ayala Foundation has also initiated a feeding program for the students of the Carles Central Elementary School, and it will run until school year 2016–2017. In addition, teachers from the school will receive skills enhancement through Ayala Foundation’s Training Institute.

In terms of sustainable livelihood, a total of 66 fishing boats will be provided for fishing families from barangay Poblacion and Cawayan. The Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation’s Peter Project helped construct the boats, as well as identifying and monitoring the progress of the recipient families.

Meanwhile, in Estancia, Ayala Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a two-story, eight-classroom, disaster-resilient school building at the Canoan Elementary School. A feeding program for the students will also be initiated. AFI’s Training Institute is also scheduled for the year to hone teachers’ skills, and help them enhance the classroom experience.

In terms of sustainable livelihood, Ayala Foundation is providing seeds and fertilizers to help rehabilitate 63 hectares of farmlands.

“More than just building better structures and offering sustainable livelihood support, we believe in providing inspiration for the people of Estancia and Carles—inspiration that they can carry with them as they work toward improving their families’ and their communities’ quality of life,” says Joie Lopez, senior director for programs at Ayala Foundation.

“We’re also honored by the commitment of our donors, the LGU, the local DepEd, and the people of Estancia and Carles,” says Dino Abellanosa, Ayala Foundation’s lead for Visayas. “Their full support and willingness to partner with us are what drives us to see these initiatives to completion.”

Ayala Foundation’s investment for Yolanda-related interventions amounts to PhP93 million. Aside from Northern Iloilo, the foundation’s Yolanda-related initiatives are also present in Sagay and Cadiz, Negros Occidental; and Tacloban City and Javier, Leyte.

These interventions are part of the Ayala group of companies’ Bulig Bisaya initiative for Yolanda relief, recovery, and rehabilitation.



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