By Mike Crismundo
A total of P103,230,000 emergency shelter assistance (ESA) was extended to earthquake victims in Surigao City and Surigao del Norte, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-Caraga Region 13) reported on Saturday.
The disbursement of ESA cash payout was intended for the families affected by the 6.7 earthquake that jolted Surigao del Norte on February 10, 2017.
DSWD 13 Regional Director Mita Chuchi G. Lim told the Manila Bulletin that a total of 10,084 families were able to receive the cash assistance intended to repair their damaged houses caused by the earthquake.
The payout took place in Surigao City and some affected areas in Surigao del Norte province through the Disaster Response and Assistance Management Unit (DRAMU), Lim said.
The families whose houses were partially damaged received P10,000 while families whose houses were totally damaged received P30,000.
The money would be used to buy materials intended to build their damaged houses. To ensure that the cash assistance is duly spent for the purchase of shelter materials, a receipt should be provided upon DSWD staff’s request. This would become the basis for the cash-for-work assistance, Lim said.
However, families with totally damaged houses in Surigao City received P24,000 only because the city local government unit already augmented P6,000 for each family.
The following is the breakdown for the total amount distributed: P68,706,000 for Surigao City and P9,723,000 for Anao-aon, P5,677,000 for Mainit, P7,069,000 for Sison, and P12,055,000 for Malimono, all in Surigao del Norte province.
“For unclaimed cash assistance, the families are encouraged to claim the money during the cash-for-work payout,” said the region’s DSWD chief said.
ESA is a cash grant provided to families whose houses are either totally or partially damaged. It may be released in cash or in the form of construction materials, dependent on the situation favorable to the beneficiaries and the timelines set for the project implementation.
The listing of ESA beneficiaries was based on the terminal report submitted to DSWD by the LGUs that identified the eligible recipient of the said cash grant. The list underwent a thorough validation process of beneficiaries before conducting the payout, Lim added.
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