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