By Jerry Alcayde
CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro – A total of P140-million emergency shelter assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was recently released by the city government after almost two years a strong typhoon devastated this city leaving thousands of destroyed houses and crops.
According to City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan, they distributed to 8,799 residents the financial assistance in the form of housing or carpentry materials.
Based on the city government’s records, there were 2,509 totally damaged houses while 6,290 were partially damaged and more or less 200 residents affected.
Each resident with totally damaged house received P30,000 worth of construction materials composed of G.I. sheets, plywood and nails and those whose houses were partially damaged were given P10,000 each.
The DSWD funds given to local governments were based on the records of damage that the city government or municipality submitted to the department after the typhoon wherein recipients of shelter assistance were prevalidated and preidentified.
Discrepancy over the number of family beneficiaries were resolved by the City Housing Department and DSWD, Panaligan said.
Recipients of shelter assistance received claim stubs with mark “for housing materials” and these would be presented to accredited hardware of the city government to claim the materials.
City Hall officials involved in the distribution said some recipients received only P25,000 because they had already availed the P5,000 already given by DSWD for totally damaged houses.
Typhoon “Nina” hit the province in 2016 wherein Calapan City was one of the heavily affected areas.