Batan

Ariel Dormido, a local market vendors, shared that even before Yolanda’s arrival, the roof of the market had been in need of repair. “Our market can accommodate us,” he explains, “but our major problem is the roofing. It was rusty with many holes in it: a problem for us during rainy season.”

Batan public market vendor Ariel Dormido
Batan public market vendor Ariel Dormido

Then Super Typhoon Yolanda arrived. It blew the roofing off the building, almost entirely.

“It was very difficult post-Yolanda,” Ariel says. “We had to find ways for us to survive, and the market is our source of living. We returned to the market to sell our goods, and used rice sacks as our temporary roofing.”

Not long after, new roofing sheets, along with new drainage – funded by the RAY DILG funds – were installed as permanent replacement.

“Now we don’t worry anymore about leaks and our safety while working,” Ariel says.

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