• 1,000 families in Cebu town still live in tents


    CEBU CITY: A REGIONAL official of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 has admitted that some 1,000 families who lost their homes during Typhoon Yolanda still live in tents and are in dire need of assistance.

    Artemia Degamo said most of the displaced residents are from the town of Santa Fe on Bantayan Island off the northernmost tip of Cebu mainland.

    She, however, noted that her agency had allocated P4 billion for emergency and core shelter assistance to the typhoon survivors but it appears, she said, that it was not enough to help them completely rebuild their lives.

    Of the amount, P1.6 billion has been assigned for shelter assistance and P2.4 billion for emergency shelter assistance.

    But Degamo said only P15 million was released because majority of the victims still have to comply with several documentary requirements.

    At least 1,791 families whose houses were destroyed received P30,000 each while 2,536 families whose houses were damaged were given P10,000 each.

    Degamo said the DSWD is doing its best to release the financial assistance to all affected families before the country marks the first year after the devastation caused by the typhoon, which struck Central Visayas mainly in November 2013.



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