UNHCR donates solar stilt driers to two island sitios PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:36

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees through the United Youth of the Philippines (UNYPHIL-Women) recently turned over solar stilt dryer for use of the 242 families temporarily residing in the island sitio of Layag-layag in Talon-talon.

Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, representing Mayor Beng Climaco, accepted the donation with gratitude from officials of UNHCR represented by Emily Louise Reid and the UNYPHIL-Women. He later turned over the facility to the 242 families with approximately 1,650 dependents.

The project was undertaken jointly with the City Agriculturist Office and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The construction of solar stilt dryer, costing P150,000 covers an area of 60 square meters. It started December 11 and ended February 2015.

For the first time, the Layag-layag community has received such a facility intended to support their fishery and seaweed culture activities.

The donors believe that the project will help the families, mostly internally displaced persons (IDPs) enhance their livelihood activities. With the solar stilt drier, seaweed farmers can ensure production of quality seaweed products.

Meanwhile, last February 26, UNYPHIL-UNHCR also turned over another seaweed solar stilt dryer to the families residing in the island sitio of Leha-leha also in barangay Talon-talon.

The recipients expressed gratitude to the UNHR-UNYPHIL and other partner agencies for continuously looking after their welfare. —Sheila Covarrubias