THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released P11.9 billion for survivors of typhoon Yolanda in Western Visayas.
Records of the agency shows that programs like Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP), Cash for Work, Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Bottom-up Budgeting and KapitBisig Laban saKahirapan-National Community Driven Development Project (Kalahi-NCDDP) were implemented.
Under the ESA program, P8.3 billion was disbursed covering 475,426 families. ESA is a cash grant provided to families whose houses were either totally or partially damaged.
For CSAP, P121.5 million was released for 903 families from Iloilo and Capiz provinces. CSAP aims to provide structurally strong indigenous core shelter that can withstand 180kph wind velocity, earthquake of moderate intensity and other similar natural hazards to disaster victims whose houses are totally destroyed.
On the other hand, P832.2 million was disbursed for Cash for Work benefiting 193,600 families.
Cash-for-work is a short-term intervention to provide temporary employment to displaced individuals by participating in preparedness, mitigation, relief, rehabilitation or risk reduction projects and activities in their communities or in evacuation centers.
Under the SLP, a total of P701.5 million was released for 55,222 families to help them recover and rebuild their livelihood projects.
SLP is a community-based capacity building program which equips participants to actively contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets.
On BUB, P297.5 million-worth of projects, numbering to 113, were implemented.
BUB also known as grassroot budgeting is an approach in preparing the budget proposal of agencies taking into consideration the development needs of poor cities and municipalities as identified in their local poverty reduction plans that shall be formulated with strong participation of basic sector organizations and civil society organizations
For Kalahi project, P1.6 billion-worth of projects involving 2,011 sub-projects were implemented.
Kalahi is one of the poverty alleviation programs of the Philippine Government being implemented by DSWD. /dswd6/May Grecia-Rago