Red Cross hands over rebuilding projects to Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Filipino students taking lessons in a temporary school that was set up after Typhoon Haiyan damaged their original school in November 2013. - PHOTO: SINGAPORE RED CROSS
Filipino students taking lessons in a temporary school that was set up after Typhoon Haiyan damaged their original school in November 2013. - PHOTO: SINGAPORE RED CROSS

SINGAPORE - One year after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) will be handing over a series of building projects to recovering local communities.

One is a vocational training school in Albuera, Leyte, for almost 270 students.

Also being handed over are 15 rebuilding and rehabilitation projects on Busuanga, Palawan, which will benefit some 6,000 locals as well as the island's indigenous Tagbanua tribe. The projects include a model demonstration farm and a farmer's cooperative.

Said SRC Secretary General Benjamin William: "Of the 20 post-disaster recovery and reconstruction programmes that we have been working on, 11 have been completed and handed over to the local communities, with a further nine on track for on-time delivery."

Albuera and Busuanga are two of eight areas SRC has committed to rebuilding after the disaster. Its programmes are expected to benefit some 87 affected communities and an estimated 1.5 million people.

Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on Nov 8 last year, affecting about 16 million people in central Visayas in the Philippines.

Since the launch of the Typhoon Haiyan public appeal, SRC has raised $12.26 million from Singapore.