DSWD capacitates Marawi evacuees through cash-for-work program

MANILA-- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has begun helping evacuees from Marawi City earn a little income under the Cash-for-Work (CFW) scheme as Task Force Bangon Marawi prepares to rebuild the city devastated by clashes between government forces and members of the terrorist Maute group.

The department's undersecretary for operations and protective services, Hope Hervilla, said Friday some families have already earned PHP1,200 for 10 days of work under the scheme, which aims to capacitate the evacuees as they begin to transition back to their normal lives.

Some evacuees who have fled to Northern Mindanao have also availed of work under the scheme, Hervilla said during the Bangon Marawi Forum held at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City.

We're moving forward in terms of giving the remaining PHP4,000 pag bumalik na sila sa Marawi City (when they return to Marawi), she added.

The department has allocated PHP5,000 for every displaced family, PHP1,000 of which had already been released during the end of the fasting month of Ramadan to enable them to purchase food for Eid al Fitr. The remaining PHP4,000 will be for their transportation and pocket money when they head back to Marawi City.

Hervilla assured that the department will continue to provide the evacuees food packs, hygiene kits and other non-food items.

Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo meanwhile reported that some PHP188 million has been provided to the displaced families from Marawi, both inside and outside evacuation centers.

Of the amount, PHP163 million was sourced from the department, PHP20 million from local governments, PHP4.5 million from non-governmental organizations, and the remaining PHP500,000 from other donors.

The department has also been working closely with the health department in providing the evacuees nutritious meals and psychosocial debriefings and counseling to help them, especially the children, overcome their trauma so they could move on.

Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial had earlier pledged that her department would facilitate the rebuilding of the Amai PakPak Medical Center and other community health centers in Marawi and deploy more health workers to the city.

As part of Task Force Bangon Marawi, both departments have been directed to ensure the delivery of social welfare and health services needed by the people as the city begins its recovery.

Source: Philippine News Agency