TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, March 18 (PIA) – A number of disaster-resilient infrastructure projects were formally turned over in a 3-day mission of the officials and representatives of the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to seven local government units in Eastern Visayas and their beneficiaries.

This, as the Haiyan response nears to end its project recovery mission in Yolanda-affected communities in the region.

UNDP Deputy Country Director Enrico Gaveglia said “we are pleased to support the continued recovery of Yolanda-affected communities. It is a long process for development to take place but with our collective efforts we are helping to ensure a safer and resilient future for the communities.”

To date, almost seventy percent of the projects are completed and the Haiyan response activities will end by the middle of this year.

Infra projects that were turned over recently were the 165 permanent housing units for Yolanda survivors in Sagkahan Tacloban which were transferred to Cabalawan resettlement site and in the municipalities of Hernani Eastern Samar and Basey, Samar.

Other EU-UNDP projects are the community-based coastal resource management center in Palo; the multi-use training center in Tacloban; both in Leyte and the community evacuation centers in Basey Samar and in Balangkayan, Hernani, Quinapondan, all in Eastern Samar.

In addition, Shin Myung Seop, KOICA and UNDP country director, traveled to the region Friday to witness the handover ceremony of Guiuan Ecowaste Management Center to the local government unit of Guiuan represented by Mayor Christopher Sheen P. Gonzales.

KOICA has provided financial assistance to UNDP for the improvement of the waste management system in the municipality of Guiuan E. Samar.

Two waste management projects that were implemented by UNDP in Guiuan Eastern Samar amounting to P5, 600, 938 are the materials recovery facility (MRF) and the eco waste management center designed to help diminish the negative impacts of improper waste disposal to the health of the people as well as the environment.

The project will help the local government unit of Guiuan to comply with the provisions of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 otherwise known as Republic Act 9003.

The UNDP and the European Union have worked with various local government units in the region which were severely affected by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) for Project Recovery: three in Leyte (Tacloban, Palo and Ormoc); four in Biliran province (Biliran, Caibiran, Cabucgayan and Naval); and eight in Eastern Samar (Balangkayan, Giporlos, Guiuan, Hernani, Lawaan, Mercedes, Quinapondan and Salcedo) and in Basey Samar.

The construction of disaster-resilient infrastructure is part of the EU’s package of assistance delivered through UNDP’s project recovery in order to help Yolanda-affected families build back better more than three years since the super typhoon devastated most parts of the region.(ajc/cba/PIA8)