DSWD distributes emergency shelter cash assistance to 27,052 families affected by Typhoon Lawin

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided the Emergency Shelter Cash Assistance Project (ESCAP) worth P135,260,000 to 27,052 families affected by Typhoon Lawin from November 7 to 18, 2016. ESCAP is the assistance immediately provided to victims of disasters with partially and totally damaged houses. A uniform amount of P5,000 was given to each families as an initial help in rebuilding their homes. DSWD is now on its second week of ESCAP provision which targets to distribute the assistance to 271,164 totally damaged (42,324) and partially (228,40) with 146,104 identified households hit by 'Lawin'. In Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 7,939 families received cash assistance out of the 44,433 target. In Region II, 5,304 families received ESCAP out of the 199,993 households affected by the typhoon. Meanwhile, 13,809 families in Region I received monetary assistance to rebuild their homes out of 26,554 target. Region III has just started to distribute ESCAP to 184 houses damaged by Typhoon Lawin. Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo said the DSWD targets to distribute cash assistance amounting to P730,522,090 to 146,104 target households within the next few weeks so that "the affected families can immediately repair their houses and facilitate their recovery from the damages caused by typhoon Lawin."

Source: Philippine Information Agency