DSWD admits it used ADB funds for aid

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday virtually admitted that the funds given to some 297 families for the construction of their houses in Hilongos town in Leyte did not come from the government.

In a statement posted on its website, DSWD said P70,00 allotted to each of the 297 families came from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

DSWD, however, asserted that housing project was carried out through the DSWD’s Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP) in partnership with local government unit.

The beneficiaries, who lost their homes due to the Yolanda super typhoon, were identified by ADB.

The beneficiaries came from Barangays San Agustin, Baliw, San Antonio, Utanan, and San Juan.

Hilongos Mayor Albert Villahermosa explained to the beneficiaries that they could no longer be eligible for the DSWD’s Emergency Shelter Assistance since they already received aid under CSAP.

DSWD said CSAP provides disaster-affected families with permanent shelter units that can withstand typhoons with wind velocity of up to 220 kilometers per hour and earthquakes up to intensity 4. DSWD said that under the CSAP, beneficiaries have to group themselves into five or 10 and help each other finish their houses.

Then, the beneficiaries will be paid P195 per day for 10 days, through the Cash for Work, to ensure that they will meet their daily needs while constructing their houses.

The core houses measure five meters by four meters.

As this happened, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman assured the public that “despite other disasters that the government is attending to, rehabilitation in ‘Yolanda’-affected areas are in full swing.”

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