DSWD commits P3-M for rehabilitation of Milenyo victims
Quezon City (6 October) -- Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral said that the DSWD has committed P3 million as augmentation support to the local government units for the rehabilitation efforts in regions affected by typhoon “Milenyo.”
Secretary Cabral said that the DSWD will help in the rehabilitation of about 30 percent of the total displaced families needing assistance.
Five DSWD programs namely: Cash and Food-for-Work, Self-employment Assistance-Kaularan (SEA-K), Core Shelter Assistance, Emergency Shelter Assistance, and Supplemental Feeding will be implemented.
Secretary Cabral stated that 59,096 families will be assisted through the Cash and Food-for-Work programs. Each family will be given P200.00 for a day’s work for one month. These families will also be given P10,000.00 each as livelihood assistance through the SEA-K program.
A total of 26,348 families whose houses were totally damaged will be given one housing unit each worth P50,000.00. On the other hand, 76,020 families with partially damaged houses will receive P10,000 each for house repair.
A total of 118,192 children of affected families will be given supplemental feeding for two months to help them regain their ideal nutritional status.
Secretary Cabral has instructed DSWD social workers to assist their local counterparts in implementing the rehabilitation programs. She added that social workers are now providing critical incident stress debriefing (CISD) to bereaved families, and to families with injured victims and damaged houses to help them cope with the trauma brought by the calamity.
Meanwhile, relief operations are going on in the National Capital Region, Regions III, IV- A and B, V, VI, and VIII.
As of October 5, total worth of assistance to the victims has reached P23.2 million. The amount comes from the combined resources of the DSWD which extended P7.3 million; concerned LGUs which provided P15.5 million; and non-government organizations with P307,000.00.
Likewise, 1,000 boxes of maling (luncheon meat) worth P900,000.00 and 600 bales of used clothing amounting to P1.35 million released from the Bureau of Customs are ready for transport to the affected areas through the DSWD Field offices.
In a related development, the Alliance of Network for Assistance to Strandees (ANGKAS) also continues to assist 3,756 stranded passengers in the ports of Matnog, Sorsogon and Allen, Northern Samar.
The National Relief Operations Center (NROC) of the DSWD located in Pasay City with telephone number 852-80-81 is still accepting donations. The Social Welfare Inquiry Desk at the Central Office with telephone number 951-74-35 and at the DSWD Field Offices in the affected regions remain on alert status to provide information on the disaster as well as on relief operations. (DSWD-Social Marketing Service) [top]