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UNDP to broaden programs for Capiz, Iloilo

Iloilo City — Aside from the P30-million cash-for-work program, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is hatching programs such as the cash-for-boat, cash-for-timber and cash-for-lumber, cash-for-poultry, and cash-for-recycle for the typhoon-stricken provinces of Iloilo and Capiz.

Jose Ongkiko, UNDP area coordinator, said these programs are underway to help jumpstart the rehabilitation of damaged livelihoods in the two provinces in Panay Island battered by super-typhoon “Yolanda” last year.

UNDP has been implementing the programs through public–private partnership (PPP).

For instance, UNDP’s cash-for-work mobile payouts in Iloilo province have been jointly implemented by Land Bank of the Philippines, Smart Communications Inc., and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-6).

Beneficiaries from northern Iloilo towns Concepcion, Estancia and Sara have availed the cash-for work mobile payouts since December 2013.

UNDP has also been closely coordinating with provincial government of Iloilo, provincial government of Capiz, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-6), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and Philippine Coconut Authority for the various livelihood programs.