The intervention aims to present an integrated approach to strengthen the resilience of targeted barangays in northern Tacloban City Over the past decades the strategic location of Tacloban City along the coast and between the islands of Leyte and Samar has enabled it to grow as the Leyte’s main regional economic centre. However, the area is also vulnerable to a number of natural hazards such as coastal storm surges, earthquakes, coastal erosion, landslides and fluvial flooding. The devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) has demonstrated the vulnerable location of the city to these natural hazards. The shape of the bay on which Tacloban is situated worsened the impacts of typhoon Haiyan’s storm surge, devastating the city. Despite the storm surge heading inland for miles in some areas, coastal areas with poorly constructed houses bore the brunt of the tsunami-like wave. Even now, the city is still recovering from the impacts of Haiyan, and damaged buildings are still clearly visible in the urban landscape. 7 coastal barangays in Northern Tacloban City
1) Strengthening disaster preparedness and response capacities by improving early warning systems and evacuation centres and reducing disaster risk by restoring damaged coastal ecosystems such as mangroves and beach forests, as well as community DRR campaigns, vulnerability capacity assessments to provide input in barangay contingency and BDRRM plans and improving natural resource management by community trainings in CBNRM (community-based natural resource management). 2) Improving WASH conditions through hygiene promotion activities, improved waste management, and increasing access to potable water. 3)Improving livelihood opportunities through sustainable livelihood practices and skills trainings for livelihood diversification.
The intervention will target over 1100 direct beneficiaries through trainings and financial support and 17,333 indirect beneficiaries through DRR, CCA, EMR and disaster preparedness measures.