September 12, 2016
Teresita B. Cardenas
CATARMAN, Northern Samar, September, 13 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Municipal Social Welfare an Development Office will soon distribute the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) to the 15,119 family-victims of Typhoon Ruby in the 55 barangays of Catarman.
Mrs. Ermina O. Delorino, municipal social welfare and development officer said ESA is a limited cash or material assistance for disaster-affected families with either partially or totally damaged houses located in safe areas to make it habitable.
She said ESA is designed to assist in restoring the normal social functioning of the typhoon “Ruby” affected areas. She is appealing to the beneficiaries to patiently await as this assistance will be distributed in a month or two as payroll preparations is tedious.
Delorino explained that due to funding limitation, Sangguniang Bayan of Catarman passed Resolution No. 2016-59-06 adopting the pro-rated emergency shelter assistance with the new guidelines: owners of totally damaged houses, will receive P17,500 per household while those with partially damaged houses will will get P8,750.00 in cash.
This is a revision of the previous P30,000 for totally damaged and P10,000 for partially damaged houses.
DSWD Memorandum Circular No. 01 series of 2016 states that in case of budgetary limitation vis a vis total funding requirement, the LGU thru its Sangguniang Bayan shall issue and submit to the DSWD Field Office for approval, adopting a pro-rated assistance to accommodate the number of affected families with totally and partially damaged houses.
Delorino revealed that a cash for work shall also be provided as a support component for the families’ engagement in the house repairs as a form of temporary employment and source of income.
For totally damaged houses a ten (10) days cash for work assistance at P195.00/day will be given, while a five day assistance will be granted for owners of partially damaged houses on top of the amount earlier mentioned, she added.
The listing of ESA beneficiaries was based on the terminal report submitted to the DSWD regional office by the former officer-in-charge of the MSWDO Catarman, she stressed. (tbc-pianorthernsamar) -