THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday said about 90 percent of the total local and foreign donations for typhoon Yolanda victims amounting to P1,121,890,457.41 were already disbursed by the department as of August 28, this year.
DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman said the remaining balance of the total donations is only P117 million.
According to Soliman, the disbursed donations were used for the Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP), Emergency Livelihood Assistance (ESA), construction of transitional shelters, purchase of pedicabs and motorized bancas as part of the efforts to help the survivors go back to normalcy.
The DSWD chief said donations continue to come in despite negative reports and calls by some groups for her to resign.
“What is important is that we can account where it went or is being allocated,” Soliman said, adding she preferred not to be “distracted by the negative attacks against the department and just lift-up everything to God’s intervention.”
She said she made the clarification in response to the Commission on Audit (COA) report about typhoon Yolanda relief operations saying that the DSWD is yet to spend the cash donations that it got from local and foreign donors.
According to her, when the COA audit was conducted, the DSWD was still at the height of conducting relief operations and using the department’s existing funds so the cash donations were really not touched yet during that time.
She explained that the cash donations (local and foreign) were intended for the implementation of rehabilitation efforts based on proposals or plan of actions coming from the affected local government units (LGUs).
The DSWD chief stressed that the cash donations were used based on the approved Work and Financial Plan (WFP).
“We cannot easily transfer funds to the LGUs without a clear proposal on how the budget will be used, that is why we are waiting for their WFP,” Soliman said.
She added that total foreign and local donations may be viewed at the DSWD official website.