CORDNET facilitates post-typhoon recovery for indigenous communities through quick response and rehabilitation and livelihood diversification
When Typhoon Lando (international name: Koppu) hit northern Luzon in October 2015, 185 kph winds and heavy rain struck multiple provinces, causing over Php11 billion (approximately USD210 million) in combined damage to infrastructure and agricultural areas. At the height of the typhoon, the Department of Agriculture noted that the damage to the country’s agricultural areas was worth at least Php5.9 billion (approximately USD113 million). Meanwhile, the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation estimated that the Cordillera Administrative Region’s losses were worth Php14.594 million (approximately USD280,000), with rice, corn, and high-value commercial crops registering the most losses.
In the towns of Dagao and Gakian, Benguet and in Monamon Norte, Mountain Province, farmers found themselves in dire need after the typhoon destroyed communal irrigation systems, rice farms, and vegetable gardens. With much of the community relying on agriculture as their primary source of livelihood, it was critical that farmers and their families received assistance quickly.
How did we help?
Together with the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), the Cordillera Network of Development NGOs and POs (CORDNET) provided financial assistance to help farmers in Dagao and Gakian, Benguet restore their communal irrigation systems. After the typhoon, the Dagao Villagers’ Association conducted inspections of the path from the farms to their main water source. They then reported their findings to the National Irrigation Association (NIA), which provided them with new PVC hoses that they can use to connect the river to the communal water tank.
The financial assistance from CORDNET and PEF helped the farmers in Dagao improve irrigation in the area. In the old system, bamboo pipes connected farms to the river using only one line, making the entire community’s irrigation system highly vulnerable to disasters. Using the funds from PEF and CORDNET and new hoses from the NIA, the farmers created multiple lines to the water tanks, supplying water more efficiently to the surrounding farms.
Meanwhile, farmers in Gakian used the assistance from PEF and CORDNET to find another spring and a more stable location for their communal water tank, as the previous one had been destroyed by landslide during the typhoon. They also used the funding to install hoses to deliver water to vegetable farms, located a kilometer away from the new water tank.