Written by Christian M. Nagaynay
Category: News and Updates
Published: 22 November 2013
Responding to the immediate needs on relief and recovery in the region, DILG steers the operation efforts after Typhoon Yolanda bares onslaught damages days after it hits several areas in Western Visayas.
Secretary Mar Roxas directed DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere A. Panadero to coordinate relief and recovery operations in the region which include ocular visits and consultation meetings with Local Chief Executives of LGUs affected within the region.
Director Evelyn A. Trompeta of DILG Region VI has been underpinning the operations with the Undersecretary aimed at assessing damages all throughout the region and identify possible early recovery measures.
Aside from assuring the order in the distribution of relief goods in affected areas, the DILG team together with the Office of the Civil Defence came-up with an Early Recovery Framework for LGUs, which according to Usec. Panadero will be used by the Secretary to lobby several undertakings to respective National Government Agencies.
This Early Recovery Framework includes the Cash for Work Program (CFWP) which may be undertaken in the next three months and is directed to several agencies like the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) which will focus on the expansion of the National Greening Program as its response for upland farmers.
Moreover, the DSWD based on their CWFP guidelines is requested to include activities like clearing operations, repair works for damaged public building/facilities and building of boats for the affected fisher-folks as priority on top of its existing scope of projects such as reconstruction, livelihood and productivity support and hunger mitigation and food security.
Meanwhile the Framework will also work on the quick disbursement of the Emergency Shelter Assistance which entitles a family for a P 5,000.00 worth of materials which include 10 Galvanized Iron Sheets, nails and tie wires. A Sustainable Livelihood Program is also included in the framework which seeks to tap the Self-Employment Assistance-Kanluran (SEA-K) of the DSWD.
As to prioritization of beneficiaries, a recommendation to utilize the National Household Targeting System of the DSWD is proposed which identifies the poorest of the poor especially in the the 4th-6th income class LGUs. These LGUs based on the findings have already fully-utilized their Quick Response Fund (QRF) and are the least capable in responding to their urgent needs.
On the other hand, Secretary Mar Roxas also facilitated for the loan of 50 generator sets from the COMELEC which were distributed to various PNP stations and hospitals in the region. (LGOO III Christian M. Nagaynay, DILG6)