Video: Coordinating Recovery in the Philippines

Jan 6, 2014

UNDP launched today a new video explaining how recovery is coordinated in the devastated areas across the Visayas.

“Essentially, we have two disasters: one in the east and one in the west. In the west, the damage has been severe but the recovery of the communities themselves have been quick – sometimes self-organized, sometimes self-motivated, sometimes supported by the government, military and international agencies,” says UNDP Senior Recovery Coordinator Yuri Afanasiev in the video filmed in Tacloban.

“It is nothing short of miraculous. We are all very impressed how quickly Filipinos are self-organizing and recovering, and how businesses and individual households are coming back to relative normalcy.”

“We’re all trying to rise up to the challenge of this speed and compressed timelines.”

There are four areas in the road to recovery: disposal of waste and clearing of debris, livelihood, support to municipalities, and disaster risk reduction.

Currently, almost 5,000 beneficiaries are enrolled in UNDP cash-for-work programmes in debris removal in Tacloban, Ormoc, Roxas and Guiuan.

“UNDP is preparing for long-term work. I think we’re talking about 4 years and I think we’ve established relationships in the communities so it may even be longer,“ continued Yuri Afanasiev.

UNDP is expanding its emergency jobs programme to reach 50,000 beneficiaries by next year.

Contact Information

In Manila: Philip Castro, Communications Officer, UNDP Philippines,, +63 2 901 0223; and Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo, Communications Consultant, UNDP Philippines,, +639175068700

In Bangkok: Cherie Hart, UNDP Regional Communications Advisor, +66 8 1 918 1564

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