The Haligi ng Bata, Incorporated (HBI) through the support of their implementing partner CO-OPERAID Switzerland and Swiss Solidarity have implemented relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction projects in identified communities and schools affected by Typhoons Ketsana and Parma since November 2009. The twin typhoons, which devastated the country last September 2009 – October 2009, resulted to damages amounting to 852 Million Pesos and 929 deaths. It also left thousands of Filipinos homeless and destroyed sources of income like farms and fish pens. Due to the massive effects of the typhoons, HBI, CO-OPERAID and Swiss Solidarity on November 2009 to October 2010 implemented the Phase 1: Relief and Rehabilitation Project which provided school, community and livelihood aid and support to 3,600 typhoon-affected students, 1,250 typhoon-ravaged families and 142 women-entrepreneurs from 12 public schools and 9 communities in Metro Manila & La Union, Northern Philippines.
In touch with the fact that the typhoons also damaged public schools and the Philippine government cannot provide the needed repairs & reconstructions for them, the first Rural Reconstruction Project was implemented on April 2010 – April 2012. Under this program, eight identified typhoon-damaged and poor public elementary schools in the Northern Philippine province of La Union with at least 100 schooling children per school were provided with Agency Driven in Situ (ADRIS) reconstruction and rehabilitation of typhoon damaged buildings and school facilities.
Aside from reconstruction, all the schools were provided with school equipments and materials so as the reconstructed buildings would be fully functional. To ensure the sustainability of the reconstructed school buildings, the said project also provided intensive training and seminars on carpentry, building wiring & electricity, plumbing, termites control & disaster management to the organized Building Maintenance Committees. In this way, minor repairs and minor equipments can be tended to at the community level for minimal charges.
Because there are more schools damaged by the typhoon and are in need of rehabilitation, a second and third Rural Reconstruction Projects were implemented for another 14 schools in the years 2011 and 2012. HBI continuously monitoring all projects implemented under this program and providing technical assistance and resources to the project’s stakeholders.