Monday, 26 October 2009

Government providing continuous assistance to typhoon victims—DSWD

MANILA (PNA) -- Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral said that the national government is providing persons displaced by typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” with the needed assistance to enable them to get back to their feet at the soonest possible time.

Cabral said the assistance included the provision of livelihood assistance grants for those who loss their jobs and houses in relocation centers for families whose houses were destroyed or damaged by the floods brought by the twin typhoons.

”After relief operations, we must now move on and rebuild our lives,” she further said.

Relocation sites for the evacuees from Barangay Tumana, Marikina City and Barangay Tatalon, Quezon City who were temporarily housed at Malacañang Palace, have been identified.

These are the Southville Housing Project in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Towerville Housing Project, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan and Biñan, Laguna Housing Project.

Latest data of the DSWD showed that some 480 families from Barangays Concepcion 1, Nangka, Parang and Tumana in Marikina City have been transferred to Southville Housing Project, Barangay Pook, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Likewise, 269 families from Barangay Tumana and 26 families temporarily staying in Malacanang evacuation center had been transferred to Biñan, Laguna Housing Project. The National Housing Authority (NHA) reserved 600 units in this site for the displaced families.

On the other hand, some 400 units in Towerville Housing Project in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan were also made available for the families from Barangays Bagong Silangan, Damayang Lagi, North Fairview, and Tatalon, Quezon City . To date, some 147 families have transferred to the area.

During the transfer, the DSWD provided each family with “pabaon pack” from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) which contains 10 kilos of rice, canned goods, towel, kitchen utensils, bath and detergent soap, sleeping mats, blanket, coffee, noodles and milk.

Cabral also denied reports that tons of relief materials are rotting in DSWD warehouses.

She said that these accusations have no basis since there are no perishable goods being stored at the National Relief Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City being managed by DSWD.

“Our warehouses are indeed full at present because we received and continue to receive donations, locally and internationally, in spite of the fact that we have distributed a great number of relief goods to the affected families,” she said. (PNA)

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