DSWD prom­ises M to re­build houses de­stroyed by ty­phoon ‘Nina’

Manila Bulletin - - Luzon News - By AYTCH DELA CRUZ

The De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD) said it will re­lease any time soon an emer­gency shel­ter as­sis­tance (ESA) fund worth over 1531-mil­lion for fam­i­lies whose houses were ei­ther par­tially or to­tally de­stroyed by Ty­phoon “Nina.”

In a press state­ment re­leased yes­ter­day, the DSWD said a uni­form amount of 15,000 is given to each house­hold as ini­tial as­sis­tance to help fam­i­lies re­build their homes. Folks whose houses are par­tially dam­aged will re­ceive 110,000 while those with to­tally de­stroyed shelters are get­ting 130,000.

The DSWD noted that ben­e­fi­cia­ries will re­ceive the to­tal amount cor­re­spond­ing to the ex­tent of dam­age of their homes based on its as­sess­ment and val­i­da­tion. The agency would need at least 14.35 bil­lion to fund the ESA for some 248,242 house­holds.

DSWD Sec­re­tary Judy Tagui­walo dis­closed she has al­ready en­dorsed the DSWD rehabilitation plan on the ESA to the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil (NDRRMC) for fund­ing.

“We are do­ing ev­ery­thing that we can to im­me­di­ately pro­vide the ESA to house­holds who lost their homes due to ‘Nina.’ We want them to be able to start re­build­ing their houses, so they can also re­build their lives,” Tagui­walo was quoted as say­ing.

Makati gives 115 M Mean­while, the Makati City Coun­cil has ap­proved the re­lease of 115 mil­lion as fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to 27 lo­cal gov- ern­ment units (LGUs) di­rectly af­fected by ty­phoon “Nina” the prov­inces of Que­zon, Al­bay, Ca­marines Sur, Catan­d­u­anes, and Marinduque.

Mayor Abi­gail Bi­nay had ini­ti­ated the move to ex­tend help to ty­phoon vic­tims of the said LGUs, all of which are sis­ter-lo­cal­i­ties of the city.

“I am sad­dened that our sis­ter­local­i­ties had en­dured such a calamity at a time that was sup­posed to be a sea­son of joy and hope. As their sis­ter city, Makati is ready to help their af­fected con­stituents in the best way pos­si­ble,” Bi­nay said.

Makati Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fi­cer Richard Ray­mund Ro­driguez said the 27 re­cip­i­ents of the newly-ap­proved fi­nan­cial aid con­sist of 12 lo­cal­i­ties in Ca­marines Sur, six in Al­bay, four in Marinduque, three in Catan­d­u­anes, and two in Que­zon province. (With a re­port from Anna Liza Vil­las-Alavaren)

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