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IOM’s Shelter project continues to support the most vulnerable in Ormoc

Last week, IOM handed-over 85 transitional shelter units at a ceremony in Donghol Multipurpose Hall. These shelter units are benefiting 85 families, including 52 families in Ormoc-Donghol, 18 families in Concepcion and 15 families in Can-untog.

Each Transitional Shelter is made of corrugated galvanized iron (CGI) sheets, amakan, coco lumber wood and cement pedestal materials. This is a result of the 10-month long process with a joint organizational approach led by IOM, UNOCHA, UN-Habitat, UNHCR and UNDP, who collaborated with the private lot owners and their host communities, which have been residing in tents.

The handover ceremony was attended by Ormoc City Mayor Mr. Edward Codilla, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Mr. Nestor Ramos, DSWD Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Director Ms. Tessa Briones, UNDP Project Manager for Western Leyte Mr. Dario Cubelo, IOM Shelter Deputy Programme Manager Mr. Manuel Pereira and IOM Ormoc Head of Sub Office Ms. Christy Marfil. During the ceremony, Mr. Pereira commented: “let us never forget that as a result of combination of good acts, the job is done. But the rebuilding of lives continues. IOM is happy to serve these communities.”

The shelters were funded by multiple donors including the Government of the Philippines and the European Union. The completion of the transitional shelters was also made possible through the generous support of UNDP, who donated 16,000 board feet of coco lumber for construction use. Mr. Cubelo noted the long standing partnership between the two agencies and commented: “what you see here right now is the result of a perfect partnership. Everyone here made it all happen; we thank IOM for their efforts in constructing these shelters”.

To learn more about IOM’s Shelter Programme in the Philippines, please visit: http://bit.ly/1NeJcv0.