DSWD: New shelters to be built should be 40 meters away from the shoreline

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reminded Wednesday that the new shelters to be built in the “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) affected provinces should be 40 meters away from the shoreline on high tide.

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According to DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, as they begin providing materials to rebuild the houses of identified affected residents, the new shelters that will be built should follow the recommendation that it should be 40-meters away from the shoreline on high tide.

“Based from the lessons we learned from the past typhoons like ‘Sendong’, ‘Pablo’ and ‘Yolanda’, there were trends that it will put to risk the people’s lives and properties if they will still be allowed to rebuild again their houses on their previous locations,” Soliman explained.

She said the provision of materials to rebuild the houses were part of the Permanent Shelter Assistance Program of the government that falls under rehabilitation.

She added that among the other programs that were being implemented under the rehabilitation stage are construction of temporary bunkhouses and Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA).

“Likewise, the Sustainable Livelihood Program (STLP) will be undertaken to help them recover economically,” the DSWD chief added.

She further said that the STLP will be conducted in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), and other international humanitarian organizations to help affected residents recover faster and earn sustainable income.

As of 11:35 a.m. Thursday, the total amount of local donation that DSWD received is P54,884,237.52.

Foreign donations, on the other hand, now amounts to US$ 14,946,226.13. PNA

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