As the country marked the second anniversary of the supertyphoon Yolanda, EMC opened the first EMC “center of hope” located at the National Housing Authority Relocation Site in Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City.
“EMC is committed to giving back to the local community and through these continued efforts, we hope to play in rebuilding people’s lives in the areas affected the most by typhoons,” said Ronnie Latinazo, EMC Philippines country manager. “This project is part of EMC’s global social responsibility initiatives which aims to help local communities rebuild their lives through a series of education, protection, emergency and volunteer programs.”
Other EMC centers of hope are located in Ormoc and Daanbantayan, Cebu.
To date, the centers have served 152 children through education and supplemental feeding through the Day Care Program. 64 families were provided with livelihood support and assistance. HOPE worldwide has also mobilized 500 volunteers in the three EMC centers of hope.
The facility has a daycare center, two rooms designed for accommodating different livelihood recovery activities, trainings, computer and library rooms, and a receiving area. The centers will provide various services, including education, protection, emergency and volunteer programs for the development and transformation of the local community. The main programs of the centers include: livelihood recovery, education, health, protection advocacy, emergency and volunteerism.