Representatives of PRRM and its partner, the Welthungerhilfe (WHH), a non-governmental organization based in Germany, paid a courtesy visit to Secretary Panfilo Lacson of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, to introduce the WHH program and discuss its current work and future plans in the country. WHH is one of Germany’s largest non-governmental aid organizations with the goal of securing nourishment for all people. Its focus is providing “help towards self-help” and is also a reliable partner in emergency aid.
PRRM and WHH have been long time partners in relief and rehabilitation as well as in sustainable area development in several provinces in the Philippines, beginning in the early 1990s and spanning over more than a decade. After typhoon Haiyan in 2013, the two organizations renewed the partnership by providing temporary shelter kits to 5,000 families in Capiz and Aklan. At present, core shelter assistance continues to be provided in these two provinces.
In Capiz, WHH is directly providing shelter assistance to families in Pilar town. In Aklan, PRRM will extend similar assistance to affected families in the towns of Balete, Banga and Ibajay. The shelter assistance will help reconstruct the houses of affected families using locally available materials. Local carpenters and community artisans will be trained towards the “build back safer” approach to assure improved shelter resistance to future disasters. A limited water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) component will also be extended to the identified communities.
Mr. Crispin ‘Eboy’ Tria is PRRM’s Project Coordinator in Aklan.