LAOAG CITY: The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released a total of P33.7 million to typhoon victims in Region 1.
Iryn Cubangbang, Information Officer II of the DSWD Field Office 1, said the Cash for Work and Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) worth P12 million and P21.6 million were finally released to 20 municipalities and one city in Region 1 benefiting 9,966 families who were typhoon victims in 2014.
ESA beneficiaries were from the Municipalities of Bantay, Caoayan, Narvacan, Santa, San Esteban, Sinait, Santa Catalina, Santo Domingo, San Juan, and Santa Maria in Ilocos Sur province; Marcos, Pagudpud, Pinili, and Solsona in Ilocos Norte; Calasiao and Sta. Barbara in Pangasinan; Bacnotan, Bauang, San Gabriel, San Juan and San Fernando City in La Union.
Meanwhile, the Cash for Work program restores community structures and facilities such as canals, water tributaries, public buildings and roads. Under this scheme, identified typhoon victims or indigent families are temporarily hired to work for 10 days for a minimum wage of P190 per day.
The ESA is also given to family-beneficiaries to rebuild or repair their houses in the amount of at least P5,000 or P10,000 for partially or totally damaged houses, respectively.
According to DSWD Regional 1 Director Marcelo Nicomedes Castillo, the assistance was downloaded by the DSWD Central Office based on the Disaster Response Assistance and Management Unit’s Rehabilitation Plan that is a consolidation of accurate and on-time disaster reports from local government units.