JICA jumpstarts economic recovery for Yolanda survivors

This is a press release from the Japan International Cooperation Agency:

MANILA, Philippines – In a move to help uplift poverty in Typhoon Yolanda areas, which now stood at 54.9% according to the Philippines’ statistics office, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has announced the turn-over of economic recovery projects in Tolosa, Leyte and Guiuan, Samar. 

The Japanese aid agency, in its Project on Rehabilitation and Recovery from Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) conducted months after typhoon Yolanda slammed Visayas, cited 15 Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) including livelihood restoration as support to typhoon recovery.

From March 30 to 31, JICA turns over the Tolosa Multi-Purpose Livelihood Building seen to benefit more than 100 members of women’s associations in barangays in Tolosa engaged in food processing. 

“JICA made a survey that showed livelihood support as among the priority needs in Typhoon Yolanda areas," said JICA Philippines Chief Representative Noriaki Niwa. "The projects we are handing over to Tolosa and Guiuan are meant to help the residents restore economic activities in their area, and raise their productivity and income.” 

JICA, with help from Visayas State University (VSU) in Tolosa, are also training women groups on food processing to sustain livelihood. 

Meantime, in Guiuan Samar, JICA also officially turns over disaster-resilient and environment-friendly fish cages made of high-density polyethylene that can withstand storms, as well as a rehabilitated public market. 

The QIPs, added JICA, are seen to benefit Guiuan’s fishing villages, with about 1,166 residents mostly fish farmers. 

Guiuan Bay is the habitat of grouper fishes or Lapu-lapu often sold to markets in Manila and Hong Kong. 

The projects aim to raise the productivity of the fish industry in the area in the long-term, JICA said. 

To date, JICA has implemented 7 of the 15 quick impact projects they have identified for Typhoon Yolanda recovery. 

JICA is one the Philippines’ strategic development partners since the 1960s. The aid agency has been supporting the country’s disaster recovery and risk reduction such as capacity building and provision of equipment and infrastructure as part of its development assistance pillars to the Philippines. – Rappler.com 

JICA is an agency of the Government of Japan responsible for implementing the technical cooperation, grant aid and yen loan programs of Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA) to developing countries such as the Philippines.