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Gawad Kabuhayan Program
GAWAD KABUHAYAN PROGRAM
I. Summary of Information
Phase 1: 2013-2014
Phase 2: 2015-2016
Phase 1: Typhoon “Sendong” Victims
· Calaanan Phase III Relocation Site, Cagayan de Oro City
Phase 2: Other Victims
· Daanbantayan, Cebu (“Yolanda”)
· Calauan, Laguna (“Sendong/Glenda”)
· Bayanihan Village, Cagayan de Oro City (“Sendong”)
Habitat for Humanity-Philippines
- To aid the recovery of affected families displaced by Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City, as well as victims of other super typhoons in other areas, by equipping them with skills vital to accessing and developing opportunities for livelihood, promoting self-reliance.
- To develop a pioneer program employing a “recovery through livelihood” concept that will complement LANDBANK’s social mandate of promoting the well-being of marginalized sectors of society.
- The associations that were formed for the social enterprises will be assisted by LANDBANK in terms of capacity-building in order for them to “graduate” into full-pledged cooperatives. As cooperatives, they will have access to the various loan windows offered by the Bank.
In 2012, Habitat for Humanity-Philippines (HFHP) submitted a funding proposal to LANDBANK to build houses in Cagayan de Oro City, specifically for the victims of Typhoon Sendong.
Realizing that relocated families in evacuation centers usually end up leaving or going back to their previous areas of residence because of lack of livelihood opportunities, LANDBANK proposed the “LANDBANK Gawad Kabuhayan Program,” a ‘recovery through livelihood’ program for families affected by Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City.
On February 8, 2013, LANDBANK and HFHP signed a Deed of Donation and launched the partnership in Cagayan de Oro City.
The program is a collaboration among Habitat and its partners, through funding from LANDBANK, that aims to promote self-reliance among an estimated 3,355 families affected in six (6) relocation sites in Cagayan de Oro, namely Calaanan II, Calaanan III, Indahag I, Indahag II, Xavier Ecoville, and Taguanao.
Residents of Calaanan Phase III relocation site in Cagayan de Oro City completed the livelihood trainings for the following:
- Hollow-block production
- Food processing/preparation
- Public transport business operation
Upon completion of the three (3) livelihood programs, the team assessed the needs of the other relocation sites initialed identified for the implementation of Phase 1. They concluded that the other evacuees have more or less already settled down and have started anew in the sites.
Thus, Habitat proposed three (3) new sites for Phase II (Cebu, Laguna and Cagayan de Oro City), which was approved by the LBP Management Committee, using the remaining approved budget for the program, with no additional costs.
IV. Results and Impact
1. Aided in the recovery of affected families by equipping them with skills vital to accessing and developing opportunities for livelihood. This augmented the income of households in the relocation sites.
- Hollow-blocks making. A total of 40 unemployed victims of Typhoon Sendong (or 40 families) were trained in hollow-block making. Each training recipient earned an extra income estimated at P4,000.00 to P5,000.00 per month. The hollow-blocks produced were used to construct housing units in several relocation sites established by HFHP in the city.
- Food processing. About 30 “Sendong” survivors were trained in baking and food processing of jams and marmalade preserves. Each of them earn about P100 per day. They have established a bakery and has formed the United Food Processors and Producers Cooperative (UFPPC).
- Public transportation operation. LANDBANK donated (3) multi-cab units that provide livelihood to typhoon survivors and transportation access for the relocation site community after the city government recently awarded to them a new transport route. They have established the Habitat Homeowners Transport Cooperative (HHTC).
2. Fostered a social cohesion that helped in the emotional healing of the communities that were traumatized by the typhoon/floods.
- According to Habit for Humanity, this is the first Habitat site all over the world that integrates skills training program in Habitat’s disaster recovery efforts.
- Because of its success, the program will be replicated in other Habitat sites nationwide.
- LANDBANK will assist the trained residents in the relocation sites to form cooperatives to help ensure the success of their respective livelihood programs thru capacity-building workshops.
LANDBANK Gawad Kabuhayan is one of the Bank’s programs cited as “Outstanding Development Projects” by the Association of Development Financing Institution in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) under the Corporate Social Responsibility category of the ADFIAP Awards 2014.