PALO, LEYTE – The Leyte Center for Development Incorporated (LCDE), a multi-awarded non-profit organization focusing on disaster risk management which has been serving Samar and Leyte for over 27 years now and is focusing on activities in Emergency Disaster Response and Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation had been responding to communities devastated by super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) since it struck the Eastern Visayas in November 8, 2013.

LCDE has answered with emergency relief operations throughout the region helping communities get back on their feet from the devastation wrought by super typhoon Haiyan along with its national partner CDRC (Citizens Disaster Response Network) and foreign donors namely; Diakonie Katastrophenllfe from Germany, CARE international, Mercy Relief Singapore, Hoper Bridge Korea, Peace Winds and Civic Force Japan, serving over 20,000 households across 13 towns and 56 barangays in Region VIII.

This is in line with its mission to serve the basic and marginalized sectors and their communities by helping them collectively rehabilitate themselves after every disaster and sustaining their efforts for a better quality of life.

Among the first wave of relief operation is the distribution of basic commodities consisted of 10 to 25 kilos of rice with the minimum being 10 kilos, assorted canned goods up to six cans per relief pack, 1 kilo of dried fish, tarpaulin sheets for roofing, used clothing and packs of cooking oil and salt while some selected areas also received tents.

Presently, LCDE has now transitioned from relief operations to early recovery assistance undertakings which involve distribution of shelter repair kits, vegetable seeds and farm tool sets across multiple project areas and is working closely with its national and foreign partners.

Future projects of Diakonie Katastrophenllfe in partnership with LCDE includes the distribution of core shelter materials, livelihood assistance and psychosocial services for selected  affected communities which includes  the town of Jaro, Albuera, San Isidro and Carigara in Leyte, Quinapundan and Gen Mac Arthur in Eastern Samar and San Sebastian, Calbiga, Pinabacdao in Western Samar.

CARE international will be distributing livelihood assistance and cash grants to affected families in the barangays of Mabini, Manlilinab, Cogon, Cancaiyas, Bulao, Bariwan, Guirang and Villa Aurora, all located in Basey, Samar.

Hope Bridge Korea has planned distributions of fishing and farming implements in barangays San Roque, Tag-alag, Viloso and Legaspi all in Marabut, Samar, Civic Force Japan distributed rice, vegetable seeds and farm tools through their early recovery assistance operations in Alang-alang, Leyte while Peace Winds Japan has begun shelter-kit distributions in selected communities in Carigara, Leyte as well.

LCDE and its partner CDRC are currently engaged in these five major rehabilitation programs, with their staff serving as ground teams coordinating and implementing said projects by their foreign partners.