Philippines conference smooths path from emergency response to recovery
By Ray Brown, Major –
The Philippines Territory hosted a conference as the immediate emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan comes to its natural conclusion to discuss how best to transition into early recovery and development.
Hosted by territorial leadership and facilitated by staff from International Headquarters’ Emergency Services and Projects and Development teams, territorial officers and lay staff from the Philippines attended as well as representatives from Salvation Army donors including the Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) from the USA, and the Australia Eastern, Canada and Bermuda, and Switzerland, Austria and Hungary Territories.
Attendees visited Tacloban, where the group met with local Salvation Army personnel who had responded sacrificially during the crisis. The group also spoke with the mayor of the Municipality of Dulag and the head of the cluster group in Tacloban that is responsible for people’s livelihoods.
The plans in development, as a result of the partnership conference, will assist The Salvation Army in its ongoing response to the disaster.