Unemployment still looms over Sendong victims 5 years after typhoon

  • Survivors of typhoon Sendong still need employment five years after it hit Mindanao
  • TESDA found out that only a few got a livelihood training out of over 1,000 survivors
  • The agency vowed to provide training and employment to the remaining survivors

Five years after typhoon Sendong washed away several parts of Mindanao in 2011, victims have yet to find employment after the government was unable to provide livelihood for them despite giving them training.

In an ABS-CBN article posted on November 28, Technical Educational and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) head Guiling Mamondiong said that only a few got some training out of the 1,619 survivors who were relocated in Iligan City.

Mamondiong was cited in the story saying that even those victims who had TESDA training were unable to get a livelihood source.

Moving forward, the technical vocational training agency intends to provide the other victims with livelihood training and coordinate this initiative to different offices so that they may be provided employment.

Sendong hit Mindanao in December 2011 and was recorded as the world’s deadliest storm for that year.

According to the tally by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Sendong had a death toll of at least 1,000 people and over a hundred missing.

It hit the major island of Mindanao, seldom disturbed by the typhoon, with over 10 hours of torrential rains; causing massive flash floods.