Over the past two decades, the country encountered more than 274 natural calamities. The Philippines is located in the typhoon belt and in the Pacific Ring of Fire and thus is exposed to almost all types of natural hazards: typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunami. The geographical location and the vulnerability of the societal sphere (susceptibility, lack of coping and adaptive capacities) makes the Philippines one of the most Disaster-Prone Countries.
On November 8, 2013, Haiyan (locally named Yolanda), one of the strongest typhoons to ever make landfall on the planet, devastated the Visayas region in the Philippines. The cyclone has caused catastrophic damages in the islands of Leyte, Samar, Cebu, Northern Negros and Northern Palawan. About 14 million people have been affected and more than 6000 individuals lost their lives. Damages to buildings and roads were extreme, over 1 million houses sustained damages, with over 490,000 completely ruined.
Housing Rehabilitation Program
The objective of the program intends to build a safer and healthier living environment for the most vulnerable of those affected by typhoon Haiyan and to improve their resilience and disaster coping capabilities.
FPUA builds disaster-resilient houses which can withstand up to intensity 8 ‘earthquake’ and high velocity 275-300kph winds.
Today, more than 1000 individuals are living in safe houses built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
Rehabilitation site 1, Barangay Agujo, Daanbantayan, Northern Cebu
Located in the municipality of Daanbantayan, the first rehabilitation site was turned-over in November 2015, two years after typhoon Haiyan. The village is composed of 74 houses and a multi-purpose center. As of today, 432 beneficiaries are living in this disaster-resilient village.
Rehabilitation site 2, Barangay Paypay, Daanbantayan, Northern Cebu
The village is located in barangay Cayang and includes 128 houses, a health center, a day care center and a multipurpose center. The houses were turnover to the selected home partners in 2015. The construction was a partnership between the French Red Cross, the Philippines Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity Philippines and France-Philippines United Action.
Rehabilitation site 3, Barangay Cayang, Bogo, Northern Cebu
This relocation site is the third one of France-Philippines United Action Foundation.
Following the same design than the one of the houses on site 1, the village will include 46 houses and a multipurpose center. It will be turned-over by end of this year. About 230 individuals are expected to move-in the newly built site located in barangay Cayang in Bogo City.
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France-Philippines United Action Foundation believes that having attained quality education is very helpful in attaining success and could be the escape to poverty, FPUA recently launched an educational sponsorship program for the children from our first rehabilitation sites in Daanbantayan, Northern Cebu.
The sponsorship program allow underprivileged children to have access to high-quality secondary education (grade 7 to grade 12). It includes everything from tuition fees, transportation, school supplies to the uniforms, to lessen the financial burden on their parents.
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Vulnerable and underprivileged communities are often less likely to have access to good healthcare, if any at all.
France-Philippines United Action Foundation partners with international and local organizations to implement health programs in order to provide free health care to the families benefiting from our housing program. Access to acceptable, affordable, and timely health care shall be a right given to everyone. If you want to know more about our health missions, contact us.