The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V has scheduled the distribution of cash assistance under Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) and Cash-for-Work (CFW) Program this Jan. 14-15, 2021 to 80 beneficiaries in Catanduanes who were not able to claim during the previous distribution last month.
The agency started the distribution of cash assistance under ESA and CFW for families with totally damaged houses due to super typhoon Rolly as early as December 2, 2020 in Catanduanes.
Last year, the ESA-CFW team sent to Catanduanes was able to serve 5,151 beneficiaries for ESA and 3,829 CFW beneficiaries. The DSWD Region 5 was able to distribute a total of PhP 51,510,000.00 for ESA and PhP 11,869,900.00 for CFW. In total, PhP 63,379,900.00 were distributed to typhoon-affected residents in the province of Catanduanes.
Overall, the agency has already disbursed PhP 121,413,400.00 under ESA and CFW for typhoon-affected families in the Bicol Region, excluding unclaimed cash assistance.
According to Ms. Marites Quismorio, Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) Chief, most beneficiaries who were unable to claim their cash benefits due to non-appearance, lack of documents like ID or signed authorization letter, or issues such as double claim or in least case, non-eligibility to claim assistance.
To claim, beneficiaries were advised to complete lacking documents. The agency also conducted re-payroll to correct names of beneficiaries and exclude those identified as non-eligible.
Both ESA and CFW are DSWD programs under early recovery phase which will be distributed to selected municipalities in Albay and Catanduanes. The ESA aims to lessen further exposure of families with damaged houses to vulnerabilities by providing them with initial funding to help them rebuild their home.
The Cash-for-Work is also provided to support rebuilding of damaged houses. Each CFW beneficiary will be receiving daily salary equal to 100% of Regional Daily Minimum Wage Rate (PhP 310.00/day) for 10 days.
After the typhoon struck the southern part of Catanduanes, the DSWD has provided food items, hygiene kits, sleeping kits, and laminated sacks intended for severely affected population and, along with NGOs and LGUs also conducted psychological intervention to the survivors to help them process traumatic experiences during the disaster.