BALANGKAYAN, Eastern Samar- His people needs livelihood opportunities aside from the food packs that they still regularly receives from the government and other humanitarian organizations.
Thus said Mayor Allan Contado who said that Yolanda has practically destroyed the sources of income of his people, which are farming and fishing.
The typhoon has also resulted for the destruction of more than 400 houses, displacing over 9,000 residents.
As an initial step, the municipal government initiated livelihood trainings and seminars to the affected people, Contado said.
“We have prepared various trainings and seminars which will give the people ideas on how they will start a business. Once the people will have their own business, the condition in the municipality will be normalized again,” Contado added.
Also, the municipal government of Balangkayan is waiting for a livelihood projects and programs earlier promised by the national government, he said.
“The national government promised us that they will return in our municipality with projects and programs which will give livelihood opportunities for our people,” Contado said.
Meantime, the town mayor said that the municipal government would procure vegetable and rice seeds intended for farmers once their budget for this year would be approved by the members of the town council.