Power has been restored, homes are being rebuilt and citizens are gradually resuming a normal life. Six months after the Philippine typhoon, the Volvo excavators have made a genuine impact as the disaster area now moves from the clearing phase to reconstruction.
Over 500,000 homes were destroyed when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines on November 8 last year. Six months later, the 15 Volvo excavators mobilized by Volvo CE and Philippine distributor Civic Merchandising have made a significant contribution to clear debris from populated areas, reconstruct waterworks and have commenced a number of demolition and road-building projects.
“Volvo is the only large construction equipment brand to have contributed in such a big way to the clean-up operation – and people from the region are truly grateful. Many have thanked our employees for their support at such a difficult time,” says Benito Jomoc at Civic Merchandising.
Civic Merchandising has relocated 15 of its experienced operators to Tacloban City until July 2014. Tim Walsh from the UNDP expressed his gratitude for Volvo’s and Civic Merchandising’s generous donation – explaining that the experienced operators and quality equipment have helped speed up all areas of the relief operation.
The local government is taking advantage of the region’s dry season to help the difficult-to-reach rural settlements using the excavators to clear up debris and begin rebuilding shelter. In Tacloban City, the most populous affected area, power has been reinstated, government agencies have resumed normal operations – and currently the excavators are being used in reconstruction, road-building and landfill projects.
The 15 mobilized Volvo EC210B excavators are used in the disaster area by the Philippine Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
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