Aklan typhoon victims get P4.36-M shelter assistance
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (5 August) -- Two hundred sixty-four (264) Aklanons will be receiving a total of P4,360,000 in checks as shelter assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
According to DSWD 6 Regional Director Teresita Rosales who came to Aklan August 5 to turn over the checks to Governor Carlito Marquez, Kalibo Mayor Raymar Rebaldo and Numancia Mayor Elverita Templonuevo represented by Mr. Josue Maravilla, the recipients in Aklan are the first to receive such aid from the DSWD.
Dir. Rosales also assured Aklan officials and the media who witnessed the turnover that more funds will be coming for the same purpose. However, the three barangays - Tinigaw and Tigayon in Kalibo and Bulwang in Numancia were prioritized for the shelter assistance due to the magnitude of destruction these barangays suffered at the height of Typhoon Frank that hit Aklan on June 21.
As first-ever recipients of a shelter assistance of this kind in Western Visayas, 30 residents from Tinigaw whose houses were totally destroyed by Typhoon Frank will receive P10,000 each for a total of P300,000 while Bulwang in Numancia with 191 recipients will get a total of P1,910,000. Bulwang recipients will also get P10,000 each.
The case of Tigayon, Kalibo, however, is a novel one and seen to serve as a model of the government's rehabilitation efforts in providing shelter assistance to calamity victims.
Dir. Rosales said that for Tigayon, 43 families will be given P50,000.00 each to construct their houses at the relocation site in Tigayon based on a house model she showed Governor Marquez and others present.
The model, according to Rosales, was prepared by the DSWD, local officials and the municipal engineer.
"All checks will be distributed individually to recipients but construction activities of their houses will be closely monitored by the mayor, the PSWDO, the MSWDO and the municipal engineer", Dir. Rosales stressed.
She also urged other municipalities to continue validating their data in their areas, as their constituents will be the next to receive assistance once their papers are complete.
BeSIDES Kalibo and Numancia, Tangalan town was also a recipient of a check of P150,000 from the DSWD. The check is for Self-Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program of Tangalan which was received by Mayor Gene Fuentes. Thirty members will benefit from the fund, which was earmarked by DSWD for Tangalan for its Typhoon Senyang victims yet, but was only distributed together with those for Typhoon Frank victims.
The DSWD also turned over a box of relief supplies to the DOH here, which in turn will be forwarded to the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital. (PIA) [top]