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PIA Press Release
2010/02/21

DSWD, UNDP turn over core shelter project to Sorsogon beneficiaries

Sorsogon Province (February 21) -- Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Acting Secretary Celia Capadocia-Yangco today, will be joined by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director Renaud Meyer and Sorsogon Governor Sally Lee in a turn-over ceremony for shelter beneficiaries in Barangay Guruyan, Juban in Sorsogon Province.

Mitchell P. Duran, UNDP Communications Officer disclosed that following the turn-over ceremony is ground-breaking rites for a multi-purpose facility in Juban, Sorsogon in the afternoon.

Duran said that the Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) is part of the UNDP-funded "Recovery Program for Typhoon-Affected Provinces of the Bicol Region," which is being implemented by DSWD.

The Program seeks to respond to the ongoing recovery needs of the Bicol Region, which has continually experienced displacement and other disruptions in social and economic life due to several typhoons that hit the area every year.

"The Bicol Recovery Program includes gender-sensitive shelter and livelihood initiatives in the typhoon-affected areas in the Bicol Region. Under the Program, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with DSWD to conduct 10 skills training programs to beneficiaries in 15 resettlement sites," he said.

"At the same time, 172 beneficiaries from eight Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) groups, and 40 out-of-school youths from two NGOs have been granted seed capital for their individual livelihood projects," Duran further added.

He explained that the program, likewise, implements disaster risk management interventions in partnership with Government, and UN Agencies; and establishes a tracking and coordination mechanism for the UNDP and other UN Agencies, and Government and NGOs, civil society organizations on early recovery efforts in the typhoon-affected areas for recent and future emergencies.

"It is consistent with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as with the UN Development Assistance Framework, which targets and prepares the poor and vulnerable groups to cope with the impacts of environment emergencies," he said.

Further, it is informed by the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (2004-2010), and the Medium-Term Regional Development Plan (2004-2010) of Region V. (UNDP/PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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