PILCD in partnership with Premiere Urgence, a French international humanitarian NGO and Fondation JM BRUNEAU administered by the FDF (Fondation de France) is implementing a post-disaster livelihood restoration project in Pasdong, Atok, Benguet through Cash for Work program.
The program aims to help the landslide-affected population of Pasdong earn a living as well to rehabilitate the devastated community.
Barangay Pasdong, a small farming community comprised of 247 households located in the Municipality of Atok, was badly hit by Typhoon Pepeng (Parma) in October 2009. Residents relying on farming suffered much because large areas of rice fields were covered by landslide debris and farm to market roads were cut. Structures such as church, barangay hall, clinic, foot bridges and houses were destroyed. At present, residents in the area are struggling to survive the life-time effect of the disaster.
The Cash for Work program includes clearing of the river and reinforcement of the riverbank as identified by the community during consultation. In the identification of beneficiaries, 85 residents joined the list and had agreed and signed to the terms and conditions of the program. On its first week, 83 individuals flocked to join the labor-intensive work. Men and women, young and adults were occupied carrying big rocks. As the project continues to progress, the affected residents who lost their livelihood not only make a living but also contribute in reviving their typhoon-stricken community.
Another important component of the project is the community-based disaster risk management subsequent to the cash for work. This component will focus on reducing the vulnerabilities of the community at risk by strengthening its capacity to deal with disasters. The community will undergo capability trainings for disaster risk management. Moreover, information and education campaign (IEC) component is integrated to raise awareness on disaster preparedness. (back to home)