Rising from Typhoon Lawin’s Aftermath


Typhoon Lawin had a massive 800-kilometer diameter. It was the first time PAGASA issued storm signal number 5 and it crossed the provinces of Cagayan, Apayao and Ilocos. It wrought havoc on the provinces it passed through and greatly affected even the neighboring provinces.

Benguet province experienced strong winds and heavy rainfall that affected even our clients’ livelihoods and households. Greenhouses for Malaysian mums and anthuriums were destroyed and pens for their piggeries were caught in the landslides. Some of the clients’ toilets and bathrooms were also destroyed and their roofs blown away.

This prompted our partners, KDCI (Kasagana-ka Development Center Inc.) and KMBA (Kasagana-ka Mutual Benefit Association), to extend financial assistance to our clients who were affected by the typhoon. Their financial assistance amounting to Php40,000 was distributed to 13 JVOFI microfinance clients.

Each client received Php2,500 and used this amount to purchase plastics and nets for their greenhouses; GI and flat sheets for their roofs; cement, sand and gravel for their toilets, bathroom and piggeries. The remaining Php7,500 will be used as a fund for future disaster assistance.

The clients were happy and thankful to our partners KDCI and KMBA, that their livelihoods and household were restored.