In Roxas, the shelter situation for families affected by Typhoon Haiyan remains critical. And it is likely to worsen with the coming rainy season, as many houses are traditional light-weight structures built from bamboo in a non-engineered fashion.
UN-Habitat finished initial shelter assessments and came to the conclusion that a significant number of houses received minor, and substandard support in repairing. However, many houses still remain in the same state as after being destroyed by the Typhoon.
Mr. Chrispine Ojiambo, who was seconded to UN-Habitat by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NORCAP) to work on shelter issues in Roxas City, brings new light on the current state of shelter for affected families in this personal account:
My support to UN-Habitat, and its partners like Social Housing Finance Corporation SHFC has been to work diligently with project team and home owners associations in setting up the base to support poor families rebuild safer homes in our upcoming shelter recovery project, through tasks like familiarizing community association leaders on project scope and their role during implementation. Throughout this project phase we have worked in close coordination with shelter cluster–IV, to ensure that our project abide to shelter cluster guidelines, better resource distribution to beneficiaries by cluster stakeholders, among others. We have also worked in close collaboration with Roxas City housing department in sharing information to ensure our support reach deserving beneficiaries. At the moment we are also engaged in discussion with United Architects of Philippines – Capiz chapter seeking for technical collaborations in our shelter design and other technical input that relates to post Haiyan shelter reconstruction.
Mr. Ojiambo adds that he is whole heartedly touched by the suffering brought by the Typhoon, and concludes:
In contrast, I am happy to be part of the UN–Habitat’s team that is working hard to provide safe shelter solutions, and passing on technical knowledge to communities in order to improve their understanding of safe and better shelter reconstruction aimed at increasing community resilience to disasters. For this I thank UN–Habitat and Norwegian Refugee Council (NORCAP) for having me as part of the team implementing this noble course.