DSWD starts massive rehab projects in typhoon-devastated regions
Manila (21 July) -- Executive Secretary Eduardo R. Ermita said yesterday morning that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has begun implementing its intensive recovery and rehabilitation projects for typhoon victims in Region IV-B (MIMAROPA), V (Bicol) and VI (Iloilo).
Ermita updated the media on the latest developments in the government's rehabilitation efforts for victims of Typhoon Frank, and the implementation of pro-poor programs that are aimed to mitigate the continuing rise in the price of oil and commodities due to global forces.
He said some P33.9 million has been allocated under the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for the repair of 1,243 shelters in Kalibo, 240 in Iloilo City, 100 in Iloilo province, and 35 in Antique.
These efforts are focused on the repair of totally damaged houses through the ESA and the Cash and Food-for-Work (C/FFW) and livelihood assistance programs, he said.
To date DSWD has provided P40 million in relief augmentation to typhoon affected local government units in the form of relief, financial, livelihood and C/FFW.
In addition, the government, through DSWD, has released P70.47 million to the affected regions for, among others, the purchase of relief supplies.
In the meantime, Ermita also reported that based on Landbank data, the first P2-billion tranche of the Katas ng E-VAT on oil subsidy program, which has been channeled to the DSWD under the government's Pantawid Kuryente, has already benefited 916,444 claimants in Meralco-franchised areas in Metro Manila, and Regions III and IV-A, in the amount of P458 million.
This constitutes 88 percent of claimants in Metro Manila, 49 percent in Region III, and 40 percent in Regions IV-A.
On the other hand, Ermita also said that the National Electrification Administration has reported that 840,1331 lifeline users under its jurisdiction were served in the amount of P420 million. This comprised 18 percent of the 4.7 million target beneficiaries under NEA cooperatives. The initial P2-billion tranche is targeted to serve four million lifeline users.
A second P1-billion tranche for the above program was release last week by the President, for two million more beneficiaries, bringing the overall total to six million beneficiaries, or 75 percent of the eight million lifeline users.
Ermita stressed that the Katas ng E-VAT on oil is the Arroyo administration's way of giving back to the people the fruits of economic reforms. (PIA-MMIO) [top]