SAMAR NEWS – Global non-profit group International Rescue Committee (IRC), through Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), extended financial assistance to victims in Eastern Samar whose homes were totally damaged from typhoon Ruby.
A total of 1,404 households from 53 barangays in the municipality of Daram received unconditional cash grants worth PhP 2,500 intended for the initial recovery of affected families.
The unconditional cash grant assistance, which covers a total amount of PhP 3.15 million, is one of IRC’s and PBSP’s initial responses in the early recovery and rehabilitation of the island municipality, which is identified as one of the hardest hit areas by Ruby. The typhoon made its first landfall in Dolores, Eastern Samar on December 6.
Daram’s local government reported that the town sustained a total of PhP 395.97 million worth of damages, with PhP 23.95 million coming from damages in agriculture.
Prior to the unconditional cash grant assistance, 1,730 households also received SPHERE-standard relief packs which were distributed by PBSP and IRC. The distribution is also participated by IRC’s Director of New Country Programs Nicky Smith, who also led the rapid assessment in the area to identify the community’s urgent needs.
In 2014, IRC and PBSP poured more than PhP 21 million for the early recovery and relief of more than 4,000 households in San Dionisio and Batad, Iloilo, which were hit by typhoon Yolanda. The project included the provision of 470 motorized boats and fishing gears, installation of 1,100 artificial reefs and 11 fish enhancing devices, and the replanting and rehabilitation of 30 hectares of mangrove forests.