Some P238.7 million worth of Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) were distributed to the 50 barangays of Palompon, Leyte for five days which started on February 7 this year.
A total of 7, 895 Yolanda survivors with “totally damaged houses” received the ESA fund of P30, 000 each, while 5, 326 beneficiaries with “partially damaged houses” got P10, 000 each.
Overall, there were 13, 221 families in Palompon who received the shelter assistance which was funded in the General Appropriations Act of 2015 and distributed by the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD).
Palompon is among the first local government units in the region to receive the ESA after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit Leyte and Samar on November 8, 2013; thanks in large part as the municipality was able to submit documentary requirements as early as March 2014 according to Mayor Ramon Oñate.
Oñate also said that they accomplished the required documents through collaborative efforts from the social welfare office and the municipality, while adding that they used the Disaster Assistance and Family Access Card (DAFAC) system to ensure that only qualified beneficiaries will receive the shelter assistance.
Moreover, the mayor also lauded the efforts of Leyte 4th district Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez and Vice Governor Carlo P. Loreto in fast-tracking the release of ESA for the said municipality.
Loreto, who was present during the ESA distribution in Palompon together with Gomez and Board Member Mesias Arevalo, said that he was not surprised that the town was among the first LGUs to receive the ESA.
“Their MSWD and Mayor Oñate tirelessly followed-up with DWSD regarding the matter,” Loreto said.
Loreto also shed light regarding the ESA distribution to other towns in Leyte as he received many inquiries through his official Facebook page and website.
“We expect the ESA to be distributed soonest. The problem then was funding. The problem now is logistical deployment,” the Leyte Vice Governor explained. “The LGUs can tirelessly but politely lobby for the processing of the documents they have submitted and learn perhaps from the initiatives made by Tanauan Mayor Pel Tecson and Palompon Mayor Oñate.”
Other towns that already received the emergency shelter assistance include Tanauan and Tolosa, two of the most affected LGUs by the storm surge. The ESA distributed to them was taken from the “savings” of the DSWD.