An international team of researchers which conducted the three-year project “Poverty alleviation in the wake of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)”, or “Project Yolanda”, shared their findings and recommendations at a whole day seminar-workshop held at the Balay Kalinaw in UP Diliman, Quezon City on November 7, 2017.
Comprised of faculty from the University of Nottingham and the University of the Philippines, the team members discussed the many challenges faced and lessons learned by stakeholders from their engagements with local and international NGOs, communities, businesses, local government units, policy makers, women, and the academe during relief work and post-disaster reconstruction efforts in Yolanda-affected urban communities.
Ambassador Daniel Pruce of the Embassy of the United Kingdom in the Philippines, UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) Dean Maria Bernadette L. Abrera, and Dr. Pauline Eadie of the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom delivered welcome remarks.
Forum panelists were: Dr. Eadie, Dr. May Tan-Mullins (University of Nottingham Ningbo China), Dr. Maria Ela L. Atienza (Department of Political Science, CSSP, UP Diliman), Mr. Dante Dalabajan (Oxfam in the Philippines), Ms. Eden Garde (Typhoon Yolanda Response and Recovery Project, Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNDP Philippines), Ms. Meraldy Doñoz (School of Urban and Regional Planning, UP Diliman, and formerly with World Vision), Prof. Ladylyn L. Mangada (UP Visayas), Mr. Ted Jopson (Housing Office, Tacloban City Government), Assistant Secretary Aleli Bawagan (Department of Social Welfare and Development), Prof. Clarinda L. Berja (College of Arts and Sciences, UP Manila), Mr. Oliver Cam (Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tacloban, Leyte), Mr. Raul Reyes (Investment Promotions Office, Catbalogan City), Prof. Jan Robert R. Go (Dept. of Political Science, CSSP, UP Diliman), Dr. Perlita Frago-Marasigan (Dept. of Political Science, CSSP, UP Diliman), and Dr. Maria Lourdes G. Rebullida (Dept. of Political Science, CSSP, UP Diliman).
Typhoon Yolanda made its first landfall in the Philippines on November 7, 2013 and caused catastrophic damage, a high death toll, and no less than a humanitarian crisis in affected areas. More information about the project can be accessed on the website www.projectyolanda.org. (Fred Dabu, UP MPRO)
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