Lights of Hope! Seeds of Life!
Time is of the essence in our rehabilitation work to support the Yolanda survivors in Samar and Leyte in the Visayas.
To start rehabilitation, well nourished bodies are essential --- food and potable water will be needed.
SIBAT have formed two (2) technical teams (composed of agriculturists, engineers, technicians and development workers) and conducted technical assessments to 4 communities in Samar and 5 communities in Leyte last 9 to 13 December, 2013.
The objective of the technical assessment was to --- a) to create community profiles of target communities focused on the damage, needs and priorities of the communities, b) to know the rehabilitation plan of the communities, c) to know the status of agriculture production, water and energization of the community, and d) to identify point of commitments and partnerships.
The teams also brought with them assorted seeds of vegetables and solar lamps to distribute to the communities.
The seeds of vegetables provided were identified based on the objective of being able to provide additional food source for the households especially during the transition period from the relief efforts towards rehabilitation. Why vegetables? We have selected easy to grow, early and medium producing vegetables and those which are part of the diet of the households even before the typhoon. Vegetables also, since it will provide a more natural and wider source of nourishment for the family.
We also brought along with us 10 solar lamps and 2 solar lamps with battery charging capability. These were given to the communities visited during the assessment.
The assessment was able to identify the top 5 priorities of the communities that we had visited:
1. Food security during the transition period from relief to rehabilitation
2. Potable water system rehabilitation and development
3. Livelihood support and assistance during the rehabilitation of the coconut farms
4. Energization --- Energization of disaster areas promised to be accomplished by December 25 is only for the town centers.
5. Livelihood support and alternatives for coastal communities --- boats and nets and other materials were damagedand lost during the typhoon.
We now solidly linked our place in the rehabilitation plan of the communities and in the coming year --- SIBAT will help in the aspects of food production, water rehablitation and energization.
For the seeds that we gave to the communities, we have incurred the cost of five thousand one hundred twenty one pesos and sixty eight centavos (Php 5 121.68) and for the solar lamps, the cost was seventeen thousand forty pesos only (Php 17 040.00).
The solar lamps were given at a lower cost as arranged by SIBAT from the supplier as their help in the rehabilitation effort.
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