To mitigate food insecurity of families affected by Typhoons Kammuri, Phanfone and Molave, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, 1,790 households (HH) or 8,479 persons from Regions 4B, 3, and NCR received food packages sufficient to last for about two weeks.
To complement these, NCCP also distributed hygiene/sanitation kits to 1,856 HH or 8,666 persons which helped reduce the risk of virus transmission in the community.
In addition, 66 HH or 187 persons in Barangay Malabuan in Makilala, Cotabato province in Mindanao have increased access to safe, potable water through the rehabilitation of their water supply system.
NCCP also built a two-room community latrine (for female and male) with washstand faucet to promote hygiene and sanitation. Since there is no electricity in the area, solar lamps were installed to add safety and protection particularly of women and children.
To further help in the recovery of disaster-affected families, agricultural inputs were provided to a total of 714 HH or 3,529 persons in the provinces of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, and Romblon. Indigenous communities, farming and fishing families received inputs such as vegetable seeds (e.g., string beans, lady finger, eggplant, legumes and onion), rice, and corn.
Another livelihood project benefitted 66 farmers, seasonal farm labors and tenants in Makilala, Cotabato through the provision of agricultural inputs, farm tools and farm animals as well as educational training on sustainable agriculture and climate change. The Malabuan Integrated Farmers Association (MIFA) formulated policies and guidelines covering the responsibilities of members in the agricultural production and care for the farm tools and farm animals. A community-warehouse cum multi-purpose hall was also constructed to secure the farm tools and other agricultural implements.
The various NCCP interventions were implemented through the active leadership of its member churches and regional formations – Romblon-Mindoro Ecumenical Council (ROMINEC) and Cotabato Regional Ecumenical Council (COREC) particularly the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), The United Methodist Church (UMC), and Task Force DAMBANA, a local ecumenical partner based in NCR. Through the local partner Disaster Response Center (DIRECT) based in Sarrangani, NCCP was able to establish coordination with local government units and organizations and implement its response in Cotabato.