Social welfare dept hastens processing of emergency shelter cash assistance for ‘Nina’-affected families

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced Wednesday that it is speeding up the processing of its Emergency Shelter Cash Assistance Project (ESCAP) for Typhoon Nina-affected families in the Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Bicol regions.

Under the directive of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, teams are continuously assessing and validating the total number of partially and totally damaged houses in the affected regions to determine the amount needed for the target beneficiaries.

"We hope to immediately finish the assessment on the extent of the damages wrought by Typhoon Nina so we can start the distribution of emergency shelter cash assistance to the affected households. The cash aid will be used to purchase construction materials to repair the houses of families who lost their shelter due to Nina's devastation," she said.

Based on Wednesday's report from the DSWD-Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DReAMB), some 197,787 houses were partially damaged and 82,384 were totally destroyed in Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Bicol.

Assistance to typhoon victims

Meanwhile, the department is continuously augmenting resources and providing technical assistance to affected local government units (LGUs) to meet the emergency needs of the typhoon survivors.

Currently, a total of PHP182,473,574 worth of relief assistance has been provided to affected families in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas, including those who were stranded in various ports in Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

The DSWD provided assistance worth PHP166,976,473 while LGUs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) provided a total of PHP4,225,832 and PHP11,271,270, respectively.

Taguiwalo also said that "there are sufficient food packs in the affected municipalities and that the department is continuously reminding concerned LGUs, who are the first responders and the primary responsible for the distribution of relief items, to act on the needs of their affected constituents".

She reiterated that complaints on the distribution of relief supplies and other disaster-related services can be sent to ereklamo.dswd.gov.ph, a complaint management system being managed by DSWD-DReAMB. Every complaint is assigned a unique ticket number which can be used to track the progress of responses on line.

Aside from this, the citizen's complaint hotline number, 8888, can also be used.

Source: Philippines News Agency