Vice Governor Carlo Loreto Leyte
Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto, second from left, during the distribution of permanent housing in Tanauan, Leyte. -Photo taken from the official Facebook page of the vice governor

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – Nine months after the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda, Leyte Vice-Governor Carlo Loreto is very happy with the plan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in giving cash assistance to the families affected by the historic super typhoon.

Loreto said that the plan of DSWD in giving financial assistance which is ranging from 30 thousand to 70 thousand is a big help to Yolanda survivors especially those marginalized families like the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

He also said that Yolanda survivors have been waiting for how many months for the financial assistance that will come not just from the non-government organizations (NGOs) but from the national government as well.

Loreto also recognized the issue that DSWD only plans to provide cash assistance to those who are outside of the identified “No Build Zone Area.” He, however, said that they understand this move from the national government as they might have separate plans for those who are living within the “No Build Zone Area.” He further said the government might provide permanent shelter for them instead of financial assistance.

In the legislative side of the Provincial Government of Leyte, Loreto said that they are willing to discuss such concern to the public.

“We are willing to discuss to the people especially to those who are living in the identified no build zone areas to make them understand why the national government will just give financial assistance to those families who are outside of the no build zone area,” Loreto said in an interview with Manila Channel.

“The Legislators of the Provincial Government can do something in order to include those who are living in the no build zone area with the plan of DSWD in providing cash assistance but the provincial board must talk first,” Loreto added.

Loreto further stated that the public especially those in the “no build zone areas” must understand the plans of the government as their safety is the main priority.

“I cannot speak on the entire council, but with my own analysis, those families living in no build zone areas must now vacate their places as soon as possible for their own safety,” Loreto said.

Meanwhile, Loreto is also happy that the DSWD and the United Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to give 5,000 pesos to the 4Ps beneficiaries in super typhoon Yolanda affected areas on top of the 1,600 pesos they are going to receive.

With this, Loreto commended the DSWD for great efforts they have exerted in providing the needs of those families affected by the historic super typhoon which marked last November 8.   (RYAN GABRIEL LLOSA ARCENAS)