DSWD, housing department giving emergency shelter assistance to typhoon victims

Published November 16, 2020, 7:09 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The government is extending an Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) amounting to P5,000 to P10,000 to the victims of Super typhoon “Rolly”, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista said Monday (Nov. 16).

This handout photo taken and received from the Philippine Coast Guard on November 2, 2020 shows an aerial view of destroyed houses on the island province of Catanduanes, in the aftermath of Typhoon Goni. (Photo by Handout / Philippine Coast Guard / AFP)

He assured that those families who lost their homes following the onslaught of Rolly will be given the shelter assistance. 

“In connection with the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for the victims of Super typhoon Rolly, the DSWD and DHSUD (Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development) are  allocating P5,000 pesos for partially-damaged house and P10,000 for totally-damaged house,” he told the Manila Bulletin in a text message when asked on the amount earmarked for such initiative. 

The DSWD had reported that as of  6 a.m., Nov. 10, there were a total of 161, 980 damaged houses in the eight affected regions—National Capital Region (NCR), Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon,   CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Of the number,  33, 537  were totally damaged and 128, 443 were partially damaged.

“DSWD is attending to the ESA in Bicol Region, while DHSUD through the NHA (National Housing Authority) will attend to victims of Super typhoon Rolly in Regions 4-A (CALABARZON) and 4-B (MIMAROPA),” Bautista cited. 

He said aside from the ESA, they are  “also allocating funds for Cash-For-Work (CFW) for the victims of Rolly– 10 days of work per quarter computed at 75 percent of the daily minimum wage.”

According to the DSWD, Cash-for-Work or CFW is a short-term intervention to provide temporary employment to distressed/displaced individual by participating in or undertaking preparedness, mitigation, relief, rehabilitation or risk reduction projects and activities in their communities or in evacuation centers. 

Based on the agency’s guidelines,  the daily rate of CFW shall generally be 75 percent of the prevailing daily wage rate set by the National Wages and Productivity Commission. 

“The CFW shall on the average be not more than ten days. However, if in the assessment of the local social welfare and development office there is a need to extend such for valid and justifiable reasons, this can be extended by the DSWD Field Office. The extension, however should not be more than three  months,” the guidelines said.

The DSWD earlier reported that the number of affected families by “Rolly” had reached 517, 380 or 2,010, 988 persons in 5, 360 barangays in the eight affected regions.

Based on the DSWD’s Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) report, as of Nov.10,  9, 878 families  or 39, 864 persons stayed in 517 evacuation centers in NCR, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and Bicol. While,   around 11,022 families or 44, 954 persons opted to stay with relatives and/or friends in Bicol, and CAR.

When asked about the DSWD’s implementation of its Emergency Cash Transfer, Bautista said, “we are still on the advocacy stage for the Emergency Cash Transfer, this being a new modality of providing assistance to the disaster victims.”

During the “Laging Handa” network briefing, Bautista disclosed that the agency has earmarked a substantial amount for the implementation of its recovery programs, such as CFW, emergency cash transfer, and ESA, to assist the victims of calamities, including those affected by typhoon “Ulysses.”