UNICEF aligns priority emergency recovery plan with the Government of Philippines and humanitarian partners
CEBU, Philippines, 16 January 2014 – UNICEF concluded a two-day conference today on priority Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda emergency recovery plan with a wide range of local government and humanitarian partners.
The conference aimed at strengthening partnership by sharing experiences, strategizing on concerted efforts and aligning plans for longer-term recovery assistance.
Mr. Emmanuel Esguerra, Deputy Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) presented the national government's recovery plan, Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY). Ms. Angela Kearney, Representative a.i., UNICEF Philippines, gave the inaugural address.
"Reconstruction Assistance to Yolanda (RAY) is a framework to get all actors – national and government, NGOs and development partners and to unite their efforts under one coordinated plan for immediate response but also to chart the path for long-term recovery," said Mr. Emanuel Esguerra while presenting the outline of RAY.
While the Government of Philippines' RAY focuses largely on resettlement, infrastructure, livelihoods and social development, UNICEF's Strategic Response Plan (SRP) complements the RAY by focusing on priority humanitarian needs with special focus on children and by supporting communities to navigate the transitions to early recovery.
UNICEF presented its SRP and the vulnerability analysis that helped identify 40 most severely affected Local Government Units (LGUs) for priority recovery action.
"UNICEF will help scale up critical interventions by effectively engaging local partners to get services to the children most in need," said Ms. Angela Kearney in her welcome address. "In the long road to recovery from Typhoon Haiyan, we must continue to listen and learn from each other, and also include children in the consultation, in the spirit of effective partnership to deliver results for children."
Mayors from the priority local government units, along with municipal representatives, and participants from several humanitarian agencies shared experiences, recovery plans, and assessed their current and future needs specific to the local context. The participants worked together to identify gaps in the current interventions, explored further areas for collaboration and convergence, and imparted insights and ideas on the best ways forward.
Mayors from 37 priority LGUs signed individual Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNICEF to formalize the agency's assistance and the modalities of working together through the recovery phase.
The conference concluded on positive notes expressed by local government representatives to work with UNICEF and to support vulnerable children and families through the recovery phase. Also to help build community resilience as well as disaster-resilient systems that are strong enough to withstand future calamities.
Since the beginning of the Typhoon Haiyan response, UNICEF has been delivering key interventions and supplies in health and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education and child protection working with a range of partners, i.e. national government agencies such as the Department of Health, Department of Education and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, local government and community-based NGOs and CBOs. Working through the existing and new partnership, UNICEF is scaling up its interventions to reach children and population most in need.
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