TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Dec. 2 (PIA) — Officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Cagayan Valley Region are now looking for possible sources of funds to be given to a number of ‘Lawin’ victims as shelter assistance.
Hope Servilla, DSWD undersecretary, personally faced the leaders of the militant groups in a peaceful dialogue to discuss their complaint of unfair and politicized distribution of DSWD shelter aid.
The group recently took to the streets their dismay over the ‘unfair’ and ‘selective’ distribution of the DSWD’s Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for victims of typhoon Lawin in 2016.
During the dialogue, Servilla said they need to request at least P400 million cash assistance fund from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to help the 40,000 additional families whose houses were either partially or totally damaged by the typhoon.
“We are thankful that you came to voice out your concerns and we are now looking for the fastest possible means to give you the assistance,” Servilla said.
Gela Flor Perez, DSWD information officer, however, clarified that the list submitted by the group will be validated by the DSWD as there might be some families included in the new list who were already given assistance in the first and second tranches of ESA.
Perez said the DSWD is almost done in the distribution of the second tranche of ESA to at least 121,000 families who were earlier enlisted and validated by the agency. Oliver Baccay/PIA