Two years after typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, the two first FP-UA villages are ready to be turned over to their beneficiary families.
On November 8 2013, typhoon Haiyan devastated the Visayas and France-Philippines United Action was subsequently created in order to coordinate the relief and rehabilitation efforts lead by the French business community.
FP-UA focused on rehabilitation and relocation projects in Daanbatayan, North of Cebu, which was badly hit by the typhoon.
Today, two villages of a total of 202 sturdy homes are ready to be delivered to families in Daanbantayan.
The first village is a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines, which built 74 disaster-resilient houses specially designed by Architect E. Florentino as well as a multi-purpose center in barangay Agujo.
The second village in barangay Paypay is a project led by the French and Philippine Red Cross, in partnership with FP-UA and Habitat for Humanity, and include 128 houses as well as a livelihood center, a day-care center and a barangay health center.
These two villages will benefit families who lost their homes during typhoon Haiyan or communities who still live in dangerous zones during cyclones such as the seashore.
From the onset, the benefits of these projects were envisioned to endure the long term. The houses were specially designed to withstand up to intensity 8 earthquakes and 275-300 kilometer-per-hour winds.
FP-UA would like to thank all of its partners for their contribution and support to these projects. Thanks to you, families in Daanbantayan will now live in stronger and safer houses which will protect them from future storms.