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November 2015

A more solid roof over their heads in Daanbantayan

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Daanbantayan, Cebu – Seventy-two-year-old Lola Pacing Tayong sat quietly at the door of her newly-built house in Barangay Paypay, this town, watching kids playing outside on a newly paved road. Her 70-year-old paralyzed husband was in a donated bed, sound asleep. “We feel comfortable and safe here. Our house near the shoreline had not been repaired since two years ago. This time, we can sleep soundly without having to worry about rising tides,” Lola Pacing said. She recounted the terror she felt two years ago today when the super-typhoon lashed at her house. Her husband suffered a stroke during the onslaught of Yolanda. Lola Pacing’s family was one of 128 families in Barangay Paypay whose house was ravaged by super-typhoon Yolanda in 2013. Exactly two years after the destruction wrought by the typhoon, survivors in the barangay here have moved to new, safer houses in the first fully-developed Red Cross…

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The Road to Paris Starts in Daanbantayan

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On November 6, two years after typhoon Haiyan struck the Visayas, two disaster-resilient villages funded by the Filipino-French business community and the French public generosity were delivered to residents of Daanbantayan. Located along the typhoon belt in the Pacific, the Philippines is visited by an average of 20 typhoons every year, five of which are destructive. Climate change is expected to make these events more frequent and powerful in the coming years. Two years ago, on November 8 2013, typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines affecting about 14 million people and causing more than 6,000 fatalities. As a response to this tragedy, France-Philippines United Action (FP-UA), a consortium of leading French companies operating in the Philippines, was created in order to coordinate the relief and rehabilitation efforts lead by the French business community in the Philippines. FP-UA was launched to address coordination and communication issues and improve the efficiency of French-led actions for…

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Villages full of survivors move on

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DAANBANTAYAN—The house where Roselyn Tura’s family lived these past two years was built, in part, using the trunks of trees that fell during typhoon Yolanda. But next month, thanks to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the French Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity, the Turas are moving into a new house designed to withstand 300-kph winds. When the typhoon struck last Nov. 8, 2013, and a strong wind blew off their roof, Roselyn and her husband decided it was time to go. Roselyn, 27, brought her two children, who were then one and two years old, and ran to the mountains. Their neighbors in Barangay Paypay, Daanbantayan joined them. They had to find a way around some fallen trees. Two years after that devastation, the Turas will move to a typhoon-resilient house. Who helped? At least 128 houses were built in the Red Cross Village that sits on a 1.3-hectare…

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French donors, Red Cross, Habitat come together for storm victims

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DAANBANTAYAN, Cebu—At least 200 families that were displaced by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) woke up to brand new homes almost two years to the day the killer storm devastated the Visayas. It was a day of gladness as well as sadness as residents remembered what happened when Yolanda hit land on Nov. 8, 2013, destroying their homes and livelihood. Fernanda Cuyos recalled that before the onslaught of the typhoon, her family—including two of their grandchildren, aged 3 and 7—evacuated to the extension campus of Cebu Technological University (CTU). “We were very scared. When Yolanda blew off the roof of the CTU gymnasium, we had to run to another building. After the typhoon passed, we checked our house and found that it was destroyed when two coconut trees fell on it,” said Cuyos. Yolanda had made them anxious of typhoons, afraid that they might go through the same harrowing experience…

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Red Cross, partners to unveil village for Yolanda survivors

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NEARLY two years after super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) ripped through the Philippines, 128 families who lost their homes are moving into new, permanent houses with the support of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and its partners. The Red Cross Village in Barangay Paypay, Daanbantayan, Cebu will be inaugurated on Friday, Nov. 6, with Richard J. Gordon, PRC chairman; Charlie Ayco, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity Philippines; and Mayor Augusto Corro of Daanbantayan leading the ceremony. Representatives from local authorities, French Red Cross, France-Philippines United Actions and French companies will also be present. The village is a unique project and the first fully developed resettlement site for typhoon survivors in the Philippines. The 128 30-square-meter housing units come with a bathroom and latrine, including septic tank, and a decentralized treatment system for grey and used waters that make released waters harmless to the environment. Energy is provided…

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