France-Philippines United Action (FP-UA), was created following the passage of typhoon Haiyan over the Philippines and its subsequent devastation in the Visayas region. After the disaster, the French Embassy suggested that a communication and coordination structure be assembled in order to facilitate relief activities and initiatives led by the French business community in the Philippines.
FP-UA focused its rehabilitation efforts on the North of Cebu Island in the municipality of Daanbantayan, which had been badly affected by the typhoon. There, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines and the Red Cross, and thanks to the financial contributions of French companies, two “French villages” of more than 200 disaster-resilient houses were built for the victims of typhoon Haiyan. These two villages were inaugurated on November 6, 2015, two years after the typhoon struck the area.
Following the declared support for the projects of FP-UA by the French President, François Hollande, during his official visit in the Philippines in February, the structure was converted and registered as the Foundation of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines in September 2015. Its aim is to gather the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiatives and activities of the French companies and organizations in the Philippines within a same platform.
A third French village is already being built in Bogo City, still in the North of Cebu Island. This village will include 46 permanent houses as well as a multi-purpose center. It will benefit more than 200 victims of typhoon Haiyan who are still living in extremely precarious conditions in zones at risks.
If you would like to contribute to the projects of FP-UA or for more information please contact:
France-Philippines United Action Foundation Executive Director
Tel: (+63) 2 831 6374 loc. 109