Ormoc, June 10 2014 — Ormoc, a first class and independent component city in the Province of Leyte, was hit by the Typhoon Haiyan last year causing widespread wind-induced damages including 26,549 partially damaged and 14,132 totally damaged houses.  This accounted for 3% of the total of damaged houses at the national level.

UN-Habitat has partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the City Government of Ormoc to implement the project on “Strengthening Resiliency and Safety in Urban Informal Settlements in three Metro Manila Cities, and their partner Local Government Units in the Visayas”. The project will be implemented through a twinning arrangement, supporting a total six local government units in Metro Manila and Eastern Visayas. The cities from Metro Manila include the highly urbanized cities of Pasay, Mandaluyong and Quezon City, while the cities from Eastern Visayas include the three humanitarian hubs for the Haiyan response namely the Municipality of Guiuan, Ormoc City, and Tacloban City.

The project aims to reduce violence, increase safety and resilience, and improve the quality of life of urban communities in Ormoc. UN-Habitat is supporting the city in conducting a baseline survey and mapping of informal settlement families (ISF) and in conducting awareness-raising on ISF rights and access to basic services, among others.   The City Planning and Development Office, Barangay Affairs Office, and the City Social Work and Development Office are directly involved in project implementation.