Issue of November 12, 2017
     
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15,000 Typhoon Lawin victims receive full shelter assistance
by Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva

A total of 15,576 households affected by Typhoon Lawin have already received the full assistance provided under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Emergency Shelter Cash Assistance Project (ESCAP).

The DSWD Cordillera has released the initial assistance worth P5,000 for each household.

Victims with partially damaged houses will receive an additional P5,000 and P25,000 for totally damaged houses.

As of Oct. 23, 7,688 households in Abra; 2,166 in Apayao; 1,284 in Benguet; 736 in Ifugao; 2,971 in Kalinga; and 731 households in Mountain Province have received the shelter assistance in full.

A total of P304,875,000 have already been obligated for the distribution to the victims within the fourth quarter of 2017.

“However, our challenge remains on its distribution. We are really having a difficult time in processing the release since documents are required based on the guidelines. We do not want to release the assistance just for the sake of releasing it. We want to ensure that it goes to the people who really deserve it,” DSWD OIC Regional Director Janet P. Armas said.

In Kalinga 17,844 out of 20,815 households are yet to receive the assistance.

In Apayao,  7,083 out of 9,249 households are yet to receive the assistance; Abra has 4,669 out of 12,357; Mountain Province has 591 out of 1,322; Benguet has 43 out of 1,327; and Ifugao has 35 out of 771 households that have yet to receive the assistance.

Armas asked the cooperation and understanding of the beneficiaries and stakeholders involved in the implementation of ESCAP. She reminded the beneficiaries to use the assistance for the repair of their houses.

“The ESCAP should be used for the repair of the damaged houses only. The department does not allow any transactions involving the ESCAP or the collection of fees under which for other purposes,” she said.

Irregularities can be reported to fo.car@dswd.gov.ph, dmudswd@gmail.com, 0949-141-7232 or 0906-094-1064.

Remaining assistance to Typhoon Lawin victims are released only through Land Bank cash cards.


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