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UNDP helps to rebuild Capiz

 

ROXAS CITY—More programs that would help in building back a better Capiz are up.

 

According to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Area Coordinator Sonny Ongkiko, aside from the completed cash-for-work program implemented in six towns in Capiz, additional programs are being put in place to help Capiceños, especially the marginalized groups.

 

He said that starting January 27, the cash for lumber program that would help coconut farmers in the province will kick off.

 

The program is given P15-million that would benefit 1,110 coconut farmers from the seven towns in Capiz, namely: Ivisan with 330 target beneficiaries and 130 each from Cuartero, Pilar, Mambusao, President Roxas, Sapian and Jamindan.

 

In the post-Yolanda rehabilitation planning workshop, Ongkiko said they will partner with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the cash-for-timber program.

 

He said they will also finalize the mechanics for the Cash for Timber program so that the same will be implemented soon as many forest trees especially in the government-owned lands were dampened down by super Yolanda and remains in the area due to lack of manpower and budget for cutting and hauling.

 

The UNDP will also help the poultry sector after almost all of the poultry grower’s poultry farms were totally downed by the said typhoon.

 

To immediately restore the power supply especially at the barangay level, Ongkiko pointed out that they will again be funding another cash for work program in collaboration with the Capiz Electric Cooperative.

 

Earlier, he disclosed that their cash for work program in the six towns here, namely: Pontevedra, Dumarao, Dao, Panitan and Maayon benefited 2,718 Capiceños.

 

Ongkiko said that in the program, debris clearing works were done in 100 schools, 147 days care centers,60 Rural Health Units, 38-kilometer drainage/canals, 166-kilometer barangay roads and 79 barangay halls, in addition to clearing and clean- up activities in the slaughter houses, churches, covered courts/gymnasium, waiting shades and electric posts.

 

He said that more than P11.02-million were paid to the hired residents where P4,227 tons of debris were collected in their 15-day work.

 

Ongkiko pledged to continue to help Capiz in the rehabilitation effort in order to restore back and normalize the lives of Capiceños after strongly devastated by typhoon Yolanda. (Jemin Guillermo)

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