At least 17,547 persons from 61 ba-rangays in Borongan City, Eastern Samar will benefit from the Cash-for-Building-Livelihood Assets (CBLA) initiative of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The initiative will help beneficiaries achieve a sense of normalcy in their daily lives as the CBLA provides a short-term source of income while the government prepares to implement more sustainable recovery and rehabilitation projects for those affected by typhoon Ruby. Barangays Sohotan, Bayubay, San Gabriel, Maybacong and San Pablo, all in Borongon, have started to implement the project.
DSWD Secretary Corazon “Din-ky” Soliman said the CBLA is a strategy to provide a source of livelihood for the communities affected by typhoon Ruby. Her office has allotted more than P68 million for this.
As envisioned, the beneficiaries will be asked to help or do the repair of small infrastructure facilities, dredge canals or clean rivers in their immediate localities. Each member will receive P260 per day or a total of P3,900 for a maximum period of 15 days. The Borongan City government conducted on Monday the second community assembly to determine the next set of five barangays that will be placed under the CBLA and the activities that can be given as task for the targeted beneficiaries.
According to Soliman, any member of a family that was affected by the onslaughts of typhoon Ruby is eligible for enrolment in the program, they must also be a resident in the targeted barangay during the period, in good physical and mental condition, and at least 18 years old.