1,870 Ty­phoon Lawin vic­tims re­ceive shel­ter as­sis­tance

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CLOSE to P12,715,000 were re­leased by the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD) in the Cordillera re­gion to 1,870 households whose houses have been dam­aged dur­ing the on­slaught of Ty­phoon Lawin in 2016.

The shel­ter as­sis­tance was re­leased through cash cards in part­ner­ship with the Land­bank of the Philip­pines (LBP) Baguio Branch.

“Un­like the first re­lease which is in the form of cash, the re­main­ing as­sis­tance to the vic­tims is now be­ing pro­vided through cash cards which the vic­tims can use in case that they will again need the as­sis­tance of the Depart­ment,” re­gional direc­tor Janet Ar­mas said.

In 2016, Ty­phoon Lawin vic­tims whose houses were dam­aged were given Emer­gency Shel­ter Cash As­sis­tance (ESA) amount­ing to P5,000 as an im­me­di­ate and ini­tial re­sponse to help re­build their homes. Sub­se­quently, a val­i­da­tion was con­ducted to en­sure ve­rac­ity of doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted to the Depart­ment. Vic­tims who are able to com­ply with the re­quire­ments of the De­part- ment have been con­sid­ered el­i­gi­ble for the sec­ond tranche of as­sis­tance amount­ing to P5,000 for par­tially dam­aged houses, and P 25,000 for to­tally dam­aged houses.

In July 2017, the vic­tims from the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Bokod, Kabayan, and Tuba in Benguet, and Baguio City were the first to re­ceive their cash cards.

As of Au­gust 23, 856 households in Benguet and Baguio City were able to re­ceive the as­sis­tance amount­ing to P5,780,000.

Mean­while, t 202 households in Kalinga Province have re­ceived the as­sis­tance amount­ing to P1,370,000. Around P5,565,000 as­sis­tance was also dis­trib­uted to 812 vic­tims in Abra Province.

The agency is ex­pected to pro­vide the ESA amount­ing to P268,635,000 to 45,007 households in the Re­gion.

“The amount we have re­leased is just a small por­tion of our tar­get which means that most of our ben­e­fi­cia­ries are still wait­ing for our as­sis­tance. And we, in the depart­ment, are ex­haust­ing all our ef­forts to re­lease the re­main­ing as­sis­tance within Au­gust to Septem­ber,” dis­as­ter re­sponse man­age­ment fo­cal per­son Mary Ann Bu­clao said.

To fur­ther fa­cil­i­tate the re­lease, dis­tri­bu­tion of ESA cash cards is be­ing done in the mu­nic­i­pal level. Mean­while, ben­e­fi­cia­ries who were not able to claim the cash cards dur­ing the on-site dis­tri­bu­tion can claim their cash cards at Baguio City Land­bank Ser­vic­ing Branch. Ben­e­fi­cia­ries are re­quired to bring one (1) 2x2 ID photo, a valid iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (ID) card with photo, pho­to­copy of the valid ID and/ or Barangay Cer­tifi­cate signed by the Barangay Cap­tain in ab­sence of a valid ID.

The DSWD-CAR will be co­or­di­nat­ing with the re­spec­tive Lo­cal So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fices on the spe­cific sched­ule of the re­lease of as­sis­tance. DSWD-CAR

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