MANILA, Philippines – In its effort to provide housing assistance to victims of the super typhoon “Yolanda”, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released on Tuesday P238.6 million to the National Housing Authority’s (NHA) Emergency Housing Assistance for Calamity Victims Program (EHACVP).
The fund will cover the housing materials assistance worth P5,000 for every family not relocated but whose home was partially damaged by the super typhoon while other beneficiaries will be relocated to permanent and safe address.
According to DBM Secretary Butch Abad, rehabilitation activities for Yolanda-hit communities are in full swing as the Aquino administration continues to coordinate with aid groups, civil society, and affected LGUs in restoring normalcy in all typhoon-stricken areas.
“The Aquino administration is prepared to complete the arduous but necessary work of rebuilding all communities affected by disasters and calamities. Besides, ensuring secure housing for families who now have to recompose their lives in the wake of these tragedies we’re also poised to bring immediate aid and recovery assistance in the form of key social services including the resumption of health and education services as well as the provision of other public services that calamities like Yolanda temporarily cut off,” Secretary Abad stated.
The P238.6 fund was sourced from the 2013 Budgetary Support to Government Corporations. The remaining P111.4 million calamity housing fund will go to families that suffered from previous calamities including typhoons Vinta, Santi, Labuyo, Quinta, and Pablo, as well as other disasters such as fires and earthquakes.
“We’re facilitating the prompt release of funds that will aid our recovery efforts, especially with respect to providing secure shelter to low-income families and informal settlers who cannot otherwise afford rebuilding their own homes,” Secretary Abad said.
Moreover, families affected by Typhoon Santi will also receive P2,000 worth of aid for roof repairs according to NHA’s policy.
Aid for Job
Assistance for the ‘Yolanda’ survivors didn’t stop from food and shelter but also for job applications.
Twelve (12) survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) who sought refuge in Davao City have already landed a job through the assistance of the Public Employment Services Office in the city.
Peso Davao manager Lilibeth D. Pantinople said on Wednesday that of the 30 survivors who came up to them for assistance, 12 have already given a job in private companies.
Those who were accepted were Rodrin S. Alforque, an electrical engineer at Davao Reach Global; Joy Verona and Rafael Paglinawan, call center agents at Sutherland; Ronald Bustillo, a security guard at Greengold Security & Investigation Services; Kennith Mañas, bagger at SM City Davao; Cloyd Mercado and Deryl Mañas, baggers, and Syril Tabaranza, cashier at Felcris; Andrew Verona, technician at McDonalds; Thessa Torre, management trainee at SM Lanang Premier; Jervie Mercado, sales lady at Gaisano Mall of Davao; John Ray Melchor, electrical engineer at MMI Construction.
“The 30 of them have undergone screening in November for job matching while others who have yet to land a job are still undergoing final screening,” Pantinople said.
Pantinople further said that they organized a job fair. They are thankful to the companies who did not require strict compliance when it comes to the needed documents.
“What we did was we called the human resource of our partner companies and did a mini job fair at the training hall at the city hall last November 20 and five were hired on the spot,” she stated.
Furthermore, they also did another job fair last November 21 participated by 70 companies wherein they accommodated the rest of the survivors together with other unemployed Dabawenyos. There were 1,200 applicants who joined the job fair where 168 were hired on the spot.