Homes like this will be built by the Tzu Chi Foundation shelter program

Ormoc News – DSWD’s P30-P70k shelter assistance still a proposal

ORMOC NEWS – The City Social Welfare Development Office here has clarified that the emergency shelter assistance to be given under Administrative Order 17 for Yolanda affected families presently stands at P10,000.00 for partially damaged houses and P30,000.00 only for those totally damaged.

This clarification is based on a 31 July 2014 memorandum released by the Department of Social Welfare to its field offices.

“The alleged P30,000.00 up to P70,000.00 have no official basis yet, although the DSWD has proposed that these amounts be given considering the high cost of building materials and labour these days”, said Roberto Ablen of the CSWDO.

“Unless an adjustment is made by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, we can only release what has been authorised so far”, Ablen disclosed to the Visayan Business Post news team in Western Leyte.

The city social welfare office is busy trying to complete encoding of the information in the ‘green card’ or Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC) forms provided to determine how much affected families should be given shelter assistance based on what degree of damage they declared and what assistance they have received earlier.

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Roberto Ablen of Ormoc’s CSWDO shows VBP the DSWD memorandum on the approved emergency shelter assistance (Photo by JnGrey)

“A lot of typhoon victims have not yet submitted the DAFAC forms we asked them to fill in and we appeal for them to do so immediately because one of the requirements for the downloading of funds from the national government for the assistance is complete documentation on all typhoon affected families”, said Ablen.

“The affected families must also do their part in completing the required information that only they can provide so that the release of the shelter assistance will no longer be delayed”, informed Ablen. The CSWDO gives requirement guidance to those who wish to avail of the cash assistance.

The approved P10-P30k funding however will only be given to families whose houses are not located in the ‘no build zones’ or danger areas. “Affected families whose homes are in the prohibited areas will be relocated through the Tzu Chi shelter program which is being sought to be completed on a lot already provided by city mayor Edward Codilla”, Ablen added. “They will be given housing units instead of cash assistance”, concluded Ablen.

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The ‘green card’ form needed to be accomplished by Yolanda–affected families is available at the CSWD office located at the Ormoc City hall building (click for larger image)