Position Title                      :             City Coordinator for Legazpi City and Ormoc City

                                                            (For Filipino Nationals Only)              

Project Reference             :          Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans  and Designs (BCRUPD) Project and Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI)

Duty Station                      :             Ormoc City

Contract Modality             :             LICA 7

Duration                            :             1 March 2021 – 30 June 2021

Deadline of Application    :             25 February 2021

 

  1. Introduction about UN–Habitat

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable communities, towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. In collaboration with governments, UN-Habitat is charged to promote and consolidate collaboration with all partners, including local authorities and private and non-government organizations in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 11, which seeks to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.  This is further elaborated in the New Urban Agenda.

 

By working at all levels and with all relevant stakeholders and partners, UN–Habitat contributes to linking policy development and capacity–building activities with a view to promoting cohesive and mutually reinforcing social, economic and environmental policies in national policies and programmes in urban development and human settlements which conform with international practices and covenants.

 

UN-Habitat established its country office in the Philippines in 2004 and runs national and city-level programmes.  The UN-Habitat Philippines Country Office (CO) positions itself as a strong policy adviser informed by well-grounded operational experience, harnessing its in-depth local knowledge, global expertise and international network of urban specialists, in the areas of urban planning and design, climate change adaptation and mitigation, urban legislation and governance and urban economy, in post-disaster community-driven recovery, reconstruction and resilience building, and in the climate change, urbanization and sustainable development nexus. The country office partners with national government departments and agencies, local authorities, a wide cross-section of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups, and the private sector. At the policy level, the country office supported the development of the Habitat III country report, the National Urban Development and Housing Framework, guidelines to strengthen the rationalized planning system, Local Shelter Planning and Local Climate Change Action Planning.

 

  1. Project Background and Description

Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs (BCRUPD) Project – Phase 2

The Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD) is a capacity building project funded by the German government’s International Climate Initiative (IKI), and is being implemented by the UN-Habitat in partnership with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Climate Change Commission (CCC), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).

 

The project will support the Philippine government to improve policies, regulations, and capacities for climate change adaptation by promoting climate-responsive sustainable urban development plans and designs. In support of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), it will enhance national and subnational government capacities to guide and manage urban growth and green recovery towards suitable areas and design the same with resilience principles and practices. The project will supplement existing planning guidelines and develop knowledge through policy inputs, capacity development, and demonstration activities. Demonstration of innovative approaches in five cities with different ecosystems will showcase contextualized processes and schemes to build urban resilience considering balanced economic and ecological sustainability in the face of rapid urbanization.  The cities of Ormoc and Tagum will be assisted on green recovery from Covid-19 impacts through capacity building and national-subnational collaboration.

 

Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI) Project

The Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI) project supports local governments and communities in the Philippines reduce marine plastic pollution, in support of the implementation of the National Plan of Action on Marine Litter (NPOAML). The project seeks to address fundamental issues of plastic waste leakages to marine environment at each target city, with different priority activities depending on the local context. Circular economy and 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) approaches will be harnessed to reduce marine plastic waste pollution, as an integral part of an overall solid waste management (SWM) program.

 

  1. Roles and Responsibilities of the City Coordinator

The City Coordinator shall be the focal point for all UN-Habitat projects and activities in the city. Under the supervision of the respective Project Managers, and guided by the project documents (ProDoc) and work plans, the City Coordinator is expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities:

 

  • Ensure that the project plans, activities and target outputs are well communicated to, and consulted with, the City Technical Working Group and other project partners in the city;
  • Coordinate and support the city government to facilitate project activities such as data gathering and validation, meetings, planning workshops, technical charrettes, consultations and trainings;
  • Provide communications and coordination work to the project consultants and Manila-based project personnel;
  • Make sure that the City Technical Working Group is functioning based on the agreed purpose and planned activities;
  • Lead in data management and updating, and in the preparation of project progress report at the city level;
  • Document the highlights and agreements made during project meetings, planning workshops, learning events and trainings, and in the case of main activities, assist in the preparation of a one-page bullet of activity highlights including a photo, caption and short one-paragraph writeup within one week of the activity or event;
  • Extend assistance particularly on the preparation and documentation of city profiling and customization and implementation of SWM or MPL-reducing projects;
  • Facilitate COVID-19 resilient and green recovery planning and capacity building activities in coordination with the city partners and Manila project team.
  • Coordinate with concerned government agencies and other institutions at the city and provincial/regional levels to promote and support the overall implementation of the project;
  • Participate in and support the mission activities of the projects;
  • Directly report to the National Project Managers; and
  • Perform other city level tasks that may be required by the projects.

 

  1. Duration of Assignment, Duty Station and Travel

 

The Contractor will be engaged from 1 March – 30 June 2021.

 

Duty Station is in Ormoc City. The Consultant may be required to travel in Legazpi. Travels will be covered and arranged by UN-Habitat Philippines.

 

 

  1. Reporting Arrangements and Coordination

The City Coordinator will report to the respective Project Managers.

 

 

  1. REMUNERATION

The salary will be determined according to the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the selected candidate.

 

 

  1. CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES

 

7.1 CORE VALUES

 

  • Integrity – Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviors. Acts without consideration of personal gain. Resists undue political pressure in decision making. Does not abuse power or authority. Stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular. Takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior.

 

  • Professionalism – Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations.

 

 

Respect for Diversity – Works effectively with people from all backgrounds. Treats all people with dignity and respect. Treats men and women equally. Shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making.

Examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses. Does not discriminate against any individual or group.

 

 

7.2 COMPETENCIES:

 

Professional Competencies

 

  • Professionalism: Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of human settlement issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

 

  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; exhibits interest in having two-way communication; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

 

  • Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

 

  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

 

 

Client Orientation:

  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
  • Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions;
  • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems;
  • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;
  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

 

 

  1. Qualifications / Required skills and experience

 

Education

 

Bachelor’s degree in urban or environmental planning, environmental management or engineering, social sciences, management or related course. Post-graduate degree is an advantage but not a requirement

 

Experience and skills

             

At least 6 years relevant work experience in areas of urban planning, land use and development planning, environmental management, solid waste management, environmental assessments, pollution control, marine plastic litter and other related field.

             

  Experience working with the City Government of Legazpi or Ormoc on project development, implementation, or monitoring

 

Language  

Good communication skills with excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.

 

 

HOW TO APPLY

Submission of Applications

 

Application should include:

  1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page) including expectations regarding remunerations;
  2. A completed UN Personal History Form (P-11) – Please download the form (MS-Word) from UN- Habitat ROAP web site: http://www.fukuoka.unhabitat.org/vacancy/index_en.html;

 

All applications should be addressed to and sent electronically vie e- mail to UN-Habitat’s Country Programme Manager, Christopher E. Rollo at cris.rollo@un.org copying the HR Associate, Loubelle Fajardo at loubelle.fajardo@un.org.

 

Please indicate in your e-mail subject: City Coordinator for Legazpi and Ormoc Cities

 

Deadline for Applications is on or before 25 February 2021.

 

Please note that applications received after the closing date stated above will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted. The salary will be determined according to the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the selected candidate. Details and conditions of the contract will be communicated at the interview.

 

In line with UN-Habitat policy on gender equity, applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged

 

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

 

By applying to this post, you agree to UN-Habitat’s due diligence in securing highest standards of efficiency, competency and integrity from all its staff members. Candidates will not be considered for employment with United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the candidates have been involved in the commission of these acts.

 

UN-Habitat has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UN-Habitat also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

 

UN-Habitat does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

 

 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT                         

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT
PROJECT REFERENCE: Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative – Philippines
DUTY STATION: Manila, Philippines
FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Solid Waste Management Associate
CONTRACT MODALITY LICA 7
DURATION 2 months, starting February 2021 with possibility of extension
ESTIMATED START DATE: 1 February 2021
 

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

 

 

Vacancy Ad date: 11 January 2021

 

  1. ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING

 

UN-HABITAT

 

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable communities, towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. In collaboration with governments, UN-Habitat is charged to promote and consolidate collaboration with all partners, including local authorities and private and non-government organizations in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 11, which seeks to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.  This is further elaborated in the New Urban Agenda.

By working at all levels and with all relevant stakeholders and partners, UN–Habitat contributes to linking policy development and capacity–building activities with a view to promoting cohesive and mutually reinforcing social, economic and environmental policies in national policies and programmes in urban development and human settlements which conform with international practices and covenants.

UN-Habitat established its country office in the Philippines in 2004 and runs national and city-level programmes.  The UN-Habitat Philippines Country Office (CO) positions itself as a strong policy adviser informed by well-grounded operational experience, harnessing its in-depth local knowledge, global expertise and international network of urban specialists, in the areas of urban planning and design, climate change adaptation and mitigation, urban legislation and governance and urban economy, in post-disaster community-driven recovery, reconstruction and resilience building, and in the climate change, urbanization and sustainable development nexus. The country office partners with national government departments and agencies, local authorities, a wide cross-section of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups, and the private sector. At the policy level, the country office supported the development of the Habitat III country report, the National Urban Development and Housing Framework, guidelines to strengthen the rationalized planning system, Local Shelter Planning and Local Climate Change Action Planning.

 

  1. PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND

The “Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative – Philippines (HOCCI)” is a 1-year project with the goal of helping local governments and communities in the Philippines reduce marine plastic pollution, in support of the implementation of the upcoming National Plan of Action on Marine Litter (NPOA-ML). The project seeks to address fundamental issues of plastic waste leakages to marine environment at each target city, with different priority activities depending on the local context. Circular economy and reduce, reuse, recycle (3Rs) approaches will be harnessed to reduce marine plastic waste pollution, as an integral part of an overall solid waste management (SWM) program.

 

  1. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The SWMA will have a supporting responsibility for providing SWM technical inputs and assistance in the implementation of 1-year work plan to the project team through development, coordination and implementation of the project strategies and approaches in a participatory manner.

Guided by the Project Document (ProDoc) and work plan, and in coordination with the Project Manager (PM), he/she will take the lead in the following specific activities:

 

  • Support the PM and the Team in providing technical advisory services on 3Rs and SWM measures and support regular consultations with partner city governments and local stakeholders in piloting innovative approaches;
  • Provide research support to the development of policy or white papers to address identified issues and directions in the NPOA-ML as will be recommended by the Project Advisory Committee (PAC);
  • Support LGU capacity development to implement 3Rs/SWM approaches by providing LGUs with a menu of good practices and by helping develop technical training modules;
  • Provide inputs and support the strategic implementation and reporting of project activities, in consideration of the needs of local partners and the international best practices that may be applied in the Philippine context;
  • In coordination with the PM, support the project team members in ensuring that communication, safeguards, livelihood and community organization are grounded on technically sound 3Rs/SWM concepts;
  • In coordination with the PM, provide targeted advice on emerging trends such as the post-COVID-19 “New Normal” and capacity development approaches of the project in collaboration with the city coordinators and the project consultants; and
  • Ensure lessons learnt are captured and documented and knowledge products such as tools or quick guides are developed based on the experiences of the project.

 

  1. Remuneration

The salary will be determined according to the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the selected candidate.

 

  1. QUALIFICATIONS/SPECIAL SKILLS OR KNOWLEDGE

 

Qualifications
Education: With Bachelor’s Degree in environmental planning and management, engineering, or other related field.

 

Experience and skills: ·      At least 6 years of relevant work experience preferably with local government units and/or local stakeholders on 3Rs/SWM or marine plastic litter; otherwise, alternatively in the areas of environmental management, sustainable consumption and production, pollution control, and other related fields.

·      Good partnership building and networking skills

·      Good communication skills, interpersonal management, team worker

 

Language Requirements: proficient in written and spoken English.

 

 

  1. CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES

 

Core Values 

  • Integrity – Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours. Acts without consideration of personal gain.Resists undue political pressure in decision making. Does not abuse power or authority. Stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular. Takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
  • Professionalism – Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Respect for Diversity – Works effectively with people from all backgrounds. Treats all people with dignity and respect. Treats men and women equally. Shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making. Examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses. Does not discriminate against any individual or group.

 

Professional Competencies

  • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

 

 

HOW TO APPLY

Submission of Applications

 

Application should include:

  1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page) including expectations regarding remunerations;
  2. A completed UN Personal History Form (P-11) – Please download the form (MS-Word) from UN- Habitat ROAP web site: http://www.fukuoka.unhabitat.org/vacancy/index_en.html;

 

All applications should be addressed to and sent electronically vie e- mail to UN-Habitat’s Country Programme Manager, Christopher E. Rollo at cris.rollo@un.org copying the Finance and Admin Officer, Phillip Hilado phillip.hilado@un.org.

 

Please indicate in your e-mail subject: Solid Waste Management Associate

 

Deadline for Applications is on or before 18 January 2021.

 

Please note that applications received after the closing date stated above will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted. The salary will be determined according to the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the selected candidate. Details and conditions of the contract will be communicated at the interview.

 

In line with UN-Habitat policy on gender equity, applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged

 

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

By applying to this post, you agree to UN-Habitat’s due diligence in securing highest standards of efficiency, competency and integrity from all its staff members. Candidates will not be considered for employment with United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the candidates have been involved in the commission of these acts.

UN-Habitat has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UN-Habitat also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

 

UN-Habitat does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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The handbook analyses the contents and propositions of the New Urban Agenda and their synergies with the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets, and enriches them with visual illustrations, examples from all over the world and practical propositions for action.

Download the handbook here.

 

 

MANILA, 30 December 2020 — In four municipalities of Albay province, where tens of thousands of Filipinos lost their homes in the onslaught of Super Typhoon Rolly, 1,030 families that celebrated Christmas in evacuation centers have received building materials, tools and cash to help put a roof over their heads in time for the New Year.

Throughout December, the United Nations (UN) Migration Agency, International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), an NGO, have been distributing Shelter Repair Kits to households in 17 barangays in the municipalities of Tiwi, Malinao, Malilipot and Tabaco, in Albay province. The Shelter Repair Kit is intended for the emergency repair of a damaged house to make it livable. It consists of corrugated galvanized iron for roofing, coco lumber for posts and framing, nails, hammer, saw and shelter-grade tarpaulin. IOM also started distributing cash assistance this December in the 17 barangays.

On 15 December, five-months-pregnant Rosewinda Callejo (pictured below), a resident of Tagoytoy, Malinao, Albay, received cash assistance and a shelter repair kit. “Happiness is all I am feeling right now because I have received assistance from you.  Thank you so much.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” she said.

 

“End of the year holidays are very important for the Filipino people; it is the time when families come together. This is why the United Nations and its humanitarian partners proudly continue to deliver humanitarian assistance to the very last day of this difficult year. We are not merely rebuilding homes of people most affected by the two typhoons but also bringing them hope and dignity,” noted Gustavo Gonzalez, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines.

IOM’s emergency shelter assistance is part of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) support of $3.1 million (PhP 150 million) awarded to the Philippines by the UN Under-Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock. The CERF funding will allow UNICEF, IOM and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to provide life-saving assistance in water supplies, sanitation services, hygiene, emergency shelter and food to address time-critical needs, particularly of the poorest single-headed households, elderly and people with disabilities in the hardest hit areas of Albay and Catanduanes.

The CERF funding is one of the projects of the Humanitarian Needs and Priorities Plan (HNP) that was launched by the UN and humanitarian partners in the Philippines in November to come to the aid of close to 280,000 people affected by Super Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses.

The HNP calls for US$52.6 million from resource partners to provide assistance in terms of food, access to clean water- sanitation-hygiene (WASH) facilities, emergency shelter and livelihood, health and early recovery. Some 80 humanitarian partners in the country – including the UN, NGOs, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and the private sector, which comprise the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) in the Philippines, have been working throughout November and December to implement the HNP.

The HCT has so far received USD12.9 million, or just 25 percent of the support called for in the HNP. Yet, in just two months since Typhoon Rolly, the HCT has deployed wide-ranging assistance in Regions NCR, II, III, CALABARZON, and V. Cash assistance has been distributed to some 3,125 families. Emergency shelter support, including 13,599 shelter-grade tarps, 2,600 roofing materials and 7,700 tool kits, has benefitted families beyond the four municipalities in Albay province. Some 57,210 individuals have received hygiene kits and more than 52,000 people have been given water kits. Back-to-School Kits, and food for children suffering acute malnutrition, have also been distributed. At the same time, the HCT continues to support the management of evacuation centers, benefitting 32,421 persons, half of whom are children.

The HCT is calling for more support from resource partners to ensure that more typhoon-affected Filipinos are reached and that no one is left behind. To date, at least 30,000 people remain displaced from Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses and are staying in 181 evacuation centers across Regions NCR, II, III, CALABARZON, and V. Four evacuation centres remain open in Albay.

More than 8,600 schools which were either damaged or destroyed will require support in clean up and repairs.  Damaged self-learning modules will need to be reprinted and redistributed, while educational supplies will have to be distributed to support education continuity of 101,800 teachers and 2.8 million K-12 learners from affected schools throughout the country.

There are still 19,047 vulnerable and underserved households in need of food assistance while 15,525 farming and fishing households have yet to receive support. Initial assessment put agricultural damage at more than USD 22million, mostly to crops such as rice and corn, thus severely affecting about 20,000 farmers. About 96 per cent of rice farms in Camarines Sur are already non-recoverable and will need support for replanting. Meeting the daily food needs of people still displaced is a challenge, especially in hard-to-reach villages that have been isolated from any support.

“As the Philippines is one of the countries most affected by natural disasters and climate change on the planet, we have both a moral imperative on the humanitarian side and a clear economic case to support the Government of the Philippines in adapting and strengthening its capacity to respond to weather-related shocks. If we do not address this issue more holistically, we are merely building sandcastles after each typhoon,” said Gonzalez.

The HNP was launched on 9 November by the HCT to address the needs of 260,000 of the most vulnerable people in provinces most affected by Super Typhoon Rolly.

On 27 November, the HCT released a revised HNP, further extending support to areas severely affected by Typhoon Vamco (Ulysses) in Northern Luzon.

The revised HNP brings together collective humanitarian activities from November 2020 to April 2021 with a new total funding request of US$52.6 million (PhP 2.5 billion). The call for resources will directly assist 278,100 affected people in terms of food, access to clean water-sanitation-hygiene (WASH) facilities, emergency shelter and livelihood, health and early recovery.

Following a review of overall needs, 18,100 most vulnerable people who were severely affected by Typhoon Vamco in Cagayan were added to the original target of 260,000 people in Albay and Catanduanes.

 

For further details, please contact: UNIC Manila: Teresa Debuque +632-9150612351, debuque@un.org