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Response and early recovery updates: 6 months after Yolanda

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Response and early recovery updates: 6 months after Yolanda

Sec. Soliman giving MalacaƱang reporters updates on DSWD’s response and recovery efforts for Typhoon Yolanda survivors.
Sec. Soliman giving MalacaƱang reporters updates on DSWD’s response and recovery efforts for Typhoon Yolanda survivors.
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda caused massive destruction in six regions, namely Regions IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, and Caraga affecting almost 1.47 million families. Of total affected, 918,261 families were displaced.
The overall reported damaged houses numbered to 1,012,790 houses, with 518,878 houses totally damaged and 493,912 partially damaged.

Six months after Yolanda, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to assist survivors through provision of relief assistance, emergency shelter materials, shelter kits, cash-for-asset, and other social protection services.

Relief assistance

The Department provides continuing relief assistance to the ‘Yolanda’ survivors. To date, DSWD has given out a total of 4.3 million 3/6-kg and 713,074 25-kg family food packs.
In Eastern Visayas alone, more than almost 3.5 million 3/6-kg and 713,074 25-kg food packs have been distributed.

Bunkhouses/transitional houses

A total of 3,455 families were temporarily transferred to 265 bunkhouses constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Regions VI and Region VIII with 20 and 245 bunkhouses respectively.
Bunkhouses are built for the disaster-affected families whose houses were either totally damaged or located in no-build zones while waiting for the construction and completion of permanent shelter units.

Shelter kits

The Department also provided emergency shelter kits to 10,795 families from the municipalities of Tanauan (7,140) and Palo (899), Leyte, and Guiuan (2,756), Eastern Samar, which consist of GI sheets, U-nails, common wire nails, hammer, and a handsaw.

Emergency shelter assistance

The Shelter Cluster, with the support of more than 70 national and international NGOs and UN agencies, distributed emergency shelter materials such as tents and tarpaulins to 571,206 households.
The Shelter Cluster trained some 2,553 carpenters, while 26,972 households received small cash amounts (under P10,000) to support their shelter recovery.

In addition, 249,564 households were provided with toolkits, while 88,408 households received other materials (framing).

Cash-for-work and Cash-for-assets rebuilding

A total of 7,376 affected individuals benefited from DSWD’s cash-for-work (CFW) program, amounting to P2,534,431. They receive a certain amount in exchange of community work such as food preparation, handling/hauling of relief goods, repacking of relief goods, sorting and inventory of damaged property and documents, clearing of debris, coastal cleanup, canal dredging, and communal gardening.
On February 2014, the DSWD has started to transition the CFW activities from support to relief operations to rebuilding of livelihood assets.

A total of 186,080 affected individuals benefitted from our cash-for-assets rebuilding activities amounting to P531,678,180.

Mobile civil registration

The Mobile Civil Registration project aims to provide free civil registration or reconstitution of destroyed/damage civil records and other legal documentation covering 20 municipalities/cities in Ormoc, Tacloban, and Balangiga targeting 83,790 individuals.

This is in partnership with National Statistics Office (NSO) and local civil registrars.

Funded programs and services

A total of P1.36 billion has been released by the DSWD to all affected regions intended for the early recovery and rehabilitation programs and services out from the calamity funds (P467,328,364), cash donations (P763,993,754), and an Asian Development Bank Grant (P131,250,000).

These funded programs and services such as core shelter assistance, livelihood assistance, cash-for-work, supplemental feeding, bunkhouse construction, provision of toys through “Wish Upon a Star” project, among others.

Moving forward

As part of the continuing rehabilitation efforts, the DSWD and DPWH will continue to distribute shelter kits in Tanauan and Palo in Leyte, and Guiuan in Eastern Samar.  In partnership with International Organization for Migration, additional transitional shelters shall be constructed starting May 2014 to move those living in tents/evacuation centers to better and safer dwelling.

Further, DSWD earmarked P751,310,000 for the construction of 10,733 core shelters in Regions IV-B, VI, and VIII. Construction of these permanent houses in safe zones shall be completed by December 2014.

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