Canada to fund more community-based recovery, rehab projects for Yolanda-hit communities in the Visayas

The Embassy of Canada is pleased to announce the second batch of recipients of funding for projects under the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).  

Four more proposals from Iloilo and Cebu will be awarded financial grants in the competitive program run by the Canadian embassy.

Gualandi Volunteer Service Programme Inc (GVSP) will give 125 home repair kits to build temporary shelters in five barangays in San Remigio, Cebu.  The project will also provide psycho-social support to at least 1,000 individuals (children and those in vulnerable sectors) also in the same municipality. 

University of the Philippines Visayas Foundation Inc will help survivors in four island barangays of Carles, Iloilo in their recovery through trauma management activities.  These activities will serve as take-off points for capacity-building program for the barangays’ disaster risk reduction councils focusing on contingency planning and improving their warning and communication systems. 

Iloilo Provincial Federation of Associations of Persons with Disabilities will assist in the province’s midterm relief support by providing non-food items to at least 1,000 households with persons with disability (PWD) in 15 municipalities in the province whose houses were heavily if not totally damaged by typhoon Yolanda. 

University of the Philippines, Visayas Foundation Inc will assist livelihood recovery in Estancia, Iloilo by providing motorized boats to affected fisherfolk in the area.  The project will also conduct training seminars that will provide useful input to the community for a longer-term recovery strategy.

These projects join the 9 proposals earlier announced as recipients of this year’s funding from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. 

Canada Fund is a competitive small grants program that provides direct funding assistance to community groups, non-government organizations, people’s organizations and in exceptional cases, international NGOs, and government institutions for small development projects addressing governance, economic, and other social development issues. 

These grants are in addition to the early disaster relief contribution already provided by the Canadian government including a Cad$ 20-million humanitarian assistance package and the deployment of more than 300 personnel of the Canadian Forces’ Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in Panay Island.  

January 22, 2014

For more information, please contact:
Carlo Figueroa
Public Affairs Officer
Embassy of Canada
Level 7 Tower 2 RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Tel: (02) 8579026
Fax: (02) 8431078