SIMON TAPPED AS LOCAL PARTNER FOR iREACH PROJECT

Typhoon Tisoy, known internationally as Kammuri, was the strongest storm to hit the Philippines in 2019. Packing with wind speeds of up to 215kph per hour, Tisoy left a trail of destruction in its wake as it hammered the Bicol Peninsula towards midnight of December 2 until the early morning of December 3.

 

At least 12 people were killed and some 33 others were injured, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). Damage to agriculture has reached Php5.9 billion.

 

More than 500,000 Filipinos were evacuated as Tisoy struck a wide swathe of the Philippines – with some 224,010 persons or 54,396 families displaced in the Bicol Region.

 

iREACH PROJECT

 

The Integrated Response to Typhoon Emergency with Enhanced Access to Cash, Hygiene (iREACH) Project is a 45-day program designed to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable populations affected by Typhoon Tisoy in the Bicol Region.

 

Supported by Start Fund, the project is implemented by a consortium of International NGOs composed of Humanity and Inclusion (HI), Relief International (RI) and International Medical Corps (IMC).

 

SIMON, a Gawad Kalasag Hall of Fame Awardee for its Disability-Inclusive DRRM Program, was tapped by the consortium members as local partner for the iREACH Project in Albay and Sorsogon from December 15, 2019 to January 28, 2020.

 

DEPLOYMENT AND MOBILIZATION PLAN

 

A. Rapid Assessment

 

As the Bicolanos were left reeling from the aftermath of Typhoon Tisoy, Local Government Units, government agencies and humanitarian actors joined hands to address the immediate needs of the affected populace.

 

Rapid assessments were undertaken by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), headed by UN OCHA, on December 3, 2019 in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Sorsogon.

Based from the coordinated needs assessment, relief assistance will not be a priority response activity by the HCT members. Local Government Units, Provincial Governments and the Department of Social Welfare and Development have adequate supplies of food packs and other basic necessities for the typhoon victims.

 

However, there was an urgent appeal for shelter and livelihood assistance for families severely affected by Typhoon Tisoy, especially in the coastal areas. Their houses and means of livelihood were totally washed out by the storm surge.

 

As such, the iREACH Project would:

 

  • Provide lifesaving interventions through the provision of shelter kits, cash for shelter and unconditional multi-purpose cash grants
  •  
  • Enhance protection and increase resilience through the provision of hygiene kits, child-friendly spaces a component of the Mental Health Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and the collection of data using the Washington Group of Questions

 

B. Provision of Assistance

 

The iREACH Project extended assistance to 2,659 families from worst-hit barangays in Ligao City, Oas, Pioduran and Magallanes.

 

Distribution of shelter repair kits, hygiene kits and cash assistance were carried out by the iREACH Team from December 19, 2019 to January 7, 2020. Hygiene promotion sessions were also conducted to strengthen the sanitation message in the communities.

 

Play activities for 3-12 years old kids were likewise organized by SIMON as part of the psychosocial intervention for children in disaster-hit areas.

 

Hereunder is the breakdown of assistance provided under the iREACH Project

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Typhoon Tisoy, known internationally as Kammuri, was the strongest storm to hit the Philippines in 2019. Packing with wind speeds of up to 215kph per hour, Tisoy left a trail of destruction in its wake as it hammered the Bicol Peninsula towards midnight of December 2 until the early morning of December 3.

 

At least 12 people were killed and some 33 others were injured, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). Damage to agriculture has reached Php5.9 billion.

 

More than 500,000 Filipinos were evacuated as Tisoy struck a wide swathe of the Philippines – with some 224,010 persons or 54,396 families displaced in the Bicol Region.

 

iREACH PROJECT

 

The Integrated Response to Typhoon Emergency with Enhanced Access to Cash, Hygiene (iREACH) Project is a 45-day program designed to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable populations affected by Typhoon Tisoy in the Bicol Region.

 

Supported by Start Fund, the project is implemented by a consortium of International NGOs composed of Humanity and Inclusion (HI), Relief International (RI) and International Medical Corps (IMC).

 

SIMON, a Gawad Kalasag Hall of Fame Awardee for its Disability-Inclusive DRRM Program, was tapped by the consortium members as local partner for the iREACH Project in Albay and Sorsogon from December 15, 2019 to January 28, 2020.

 

DEPLOYMENT AND MOBILIZATION PLAN

 

A. Rapid Assessment

 

As the Bicolanos were left reeling from the aftermath of Typhoon Tisoy, Local Government Units, government agencies and humanitarian actors joined hands to address the immediate needs of the affected populace.

 

Rapid assessments were undertaken by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), headed by UN OCHA, on December 3, 2019 in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Sorsogon.

 

Based from the coordinated needs assessment, relief assistance will not be a priority response activity by the HCT members. Local Government Units, Provincial Governments and the Department of Social Welfare and Development have adequate supplies of food packs and other basic necessities for the typhoon victims.

 

However, there was an urgent appeal for shelter and livelihood assistance for families severely affected by Typhoon Tisoy, especially in the coastal areas. Their houses and means of livelihood were totally washed out by the storm surge.

 

As such, the iREACH Project would:

 

  • Provide lifesaving interventions through the provision of shelter kits, cash for shelter and unconditional multi-purpose cash grants
  •  
  • Enhance protection and increase resilience through the provision of hygiene kits, child-friendly spaces a component of the Mental Health Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and the collection of data using the Washington Group of Questions

 

B. Provision of Assistance

 

The iREACH Project extended assistance to 2,659 families from worst-hit barangays in Ligao City, Oas, Pioduran and Magallanes.

 

Distribution of shelter repair kits, hygiene kits and cash assistance were carried out by the iREACH Team from December 19, 2019 to January 7, 2020. Hygiene promotion sessions were also conducted to strengthen the sanitation message in the communities.

 

Play activities for 3-12 years old kids were likewise organized by SIMON as part of the psychosocial intervention for children in disaster-hit areas.

 

Hereunder is the breakdown of assistance provided under the iREACH Project