Build Back Better – Project Yolanda

November 7, 2013 is a date Filipinos will always remember – the day when the devastating wrath of Mother Nature hit the country with full force. Typhoon Hayian, locally known as Typhoon Yolanda, was the deadliest typhoon to ever hit the country to date. Over 14 million people were affected across 46 provinces. Five million people saw their homes severely damaged or destroyed. The Government of the Philippines said the storm resulted in over 6,201 deaths with over 1,785 people reported missing. (

In response to this national calamity, BPI Foundation, with partners like WWF and NFCPWD, set out to restore livelihood in affected communities in order to re-integrate displaced people back into the local economy.

Livelihood Recovery Program for People with Disabilities Affected by Typhoon Yolanda

The BPI Foundation partnered with The Foundation for These Abled Persons, Inc. (FTI) – a nonstock, nonprofit organization formed in 2009 by the Federation of Cooperatives of Persons with Disabilities (NFCPWD) – to help generate employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This project developed a livelihood recovery program that enables social enterprises with people with disabilities and the poor as employees to contribute towards the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the devastated communities in Leyte. The project aims to create sustainable enterprises that will give work and income to persons with disabilities and other marginalized community members.

BPI-WWF partnership: Bancas for the Philippines – Helping Rebuild after Typhoon Yolanda

The BPI Foundation, in partnership with Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas Foundation, Inc., also known as the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) turned over fiberglass boats to fisherfolk in Leyte on June 20, 2014. The project called “WWF-BPI Partnership: Bancas for the Philippines” promotes fiberglass technology in building fishing boats to help the fishermen affected by the Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) earn a decent income.

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