The Municipal Government of Sara, Iloilo recognized Monsanto’s valuable contribution to help its residents recover from the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan at a special program held recently to mark the municipality’s rehabilitation efforts one year after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Visayas. The super typhoon left 6,300 people dead and rendered around 600,000 people homeless.
Monsanto’s plaque of recognition reads that it was given in grateful appreciation of Monsanto’s “extra-ordinary humanitarian concern and immeasurable kindness extended to the people of Sara during one of the darkest and most trying times in their lives.”
Monsanto Philippines Country Lead Sandro Rissi shared “we did what we possibly could to address the need of one of the most vulnerable groups affected by the typhoon which are the farmers. We worked with Gawad Kalinga (GK) to help more than 280 farmers by repairing or rebuilding their homes.”
Monsanto will be turning over the first phase of the housing project comprising of 30 houses to carefully selected recipients on December 9. Expected to attend the turn-over are the top provincial and municipal officials of Iloilo.
Meantime, GK’s Executive Director Luis Oquinena said that GK’s work is anchored on the strong relationship that they have with their beneficiaries. “We do not just build houses for them. We also exert all possible effort to get to know them well so that we are also able to help them with other needs that will significantly improve their lives, like a sustainable source of livelihood,” shared Oquinena
Oquinena also said that GK’s relationships with partners and stakeholders are anchored on complete trust and the spirit of caring and sharing. “We have previously worked with Monsanto and we saw how this partnership has made a difference in the lives of the poorest of the poor in Isabela.” he said.
“Gawad Kalinga has the expertise to build houses for our targeted beneficiaries. They also have strong presence in the Visayas and they know the needs on the ground and of the local stakeholders.” said Rissi. “GK also has an excellent track record on transparency, accountability and doing projects in a culturally-sensitive manner.”
Reports indicated that the total damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan to agriculture was at Php10B while damage to corn was at Php226 M. The recovery process for the affected areas still continues.