As part of its commitment to help rebuild and rehabilitate the lives of Typhoon Yolanda survivors, the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is helping nearly 3,000 families rebuild their homes in 17 barangays of Tacloban City.
On July 21, the U.S. Government formally turned over new transitional homes and latrines constructed by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The families were previously living in barangays 48-A, 52, and 54-A in the coastal zone along Old Road Sagkahan which was declared a “Danger Zone” by the Philippine Government following Typhoon Yolanda. Twenty-four families live in two-story duplex homes and four families live in single-story detached homes. All units include their own household latrine and electrical connection. In addition, the U.S. Government is providing a two year land rental subsidy for each household to rent the plot of land.
The site has steady water supply through water tanks with water bought from Leyte Municipal Water District and hand pumps for domestic purposes. Drainage has also been constructed to prevent standing water in the site.
As part of the USAID Rebuild project, two beneficiary families will also receive sari-sari stores from USAID and its partners Coca Cola and Procter & Gamble. 1,000 sari-sari stores are being reconstructed and restocked by the US Government together with each partners. Sari-sari store recipients are given basic store management training.
As their counterpart, the families helped clean the site and have spent time in trainings and workshops to ensure their governance committees are strong and are able to manage any challenge that arises.