Philippines: Another resettlement site for typhoon 'Ondoy' victims opens in Laguna

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from Government of the Philippines
Published on 01 Dec 2009 View Original
Two months after the devastation wrought by typhoon 'Ondoy,' Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral said that another relocation site in Southville 7 Housing Project, Barangay Dayap, Calauan, Laguna, is now open for the affected families.

Some 280 families from Barangay Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City have already transferred to the area.

Earlier, some 1,182 family-victims of typhoon 'Ondoy' from Barangays Fortune, Nangka, Concepcion and Tañong in Marikina City have transferred to the government's relocation sites in Southville 4 Housing Project, Sta. Rosa, Laguna and in Southville 5-A Housing Project, Barangay Langkiwa, Biñan, Laguna.

Likewise, 306 families from the affected barangays in Quezon City have been relocated to Towerville Housing Project in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.

To date, a total of 1,713 families have been transferred to the relocation sites.

Secretary Cabral said that the DSWD continues to coordinate with the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and local government units in the identification of beneficiaries and other possible relocation sites for the displaced families.

Meanwhile, 39 evacuation centers in the National Capital Region remain open providing temporary shelter to 2,449 families with 11,717 persons affected by typhoon "Pepeng."

The DSWD has partnered with the Habitat for Humanity Philippines, Foundation (HHPF) Inc. for the installation of communal toilets in evacuation centers in the cities of Marikina, Quezon, Muntinlupa and Pasig, as well as for the provision of emergency shelter assistance (ESA) for 10,000 families with damaged houses to be funded by local and international donors of HHPF.

"The DSWD is also implementing the Balik-Probinsya program that provides transportation assistance and subsistence allowance to affected families who would like to return to their provincial places of origin or area of choice for resettlement," Secretary Cabral stated.

In addition, the DSWD is conducting profiling and validation of affected families in coordination with concerned LGUs and other national government agencies for the provision of comprehensive psychosocial services and interventions, such as critical incident stress debriefing, cash-for-work and livelihood assistance.

It will be recalled that no less than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo instructed all concerned government agencies, particularly the National Disaster Coordinating Council, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, and the DSWD to provide shelter assistance to homeless families and start the immediate rehabilitation and reconstruction of partially and totally damaged houses.

December 1, 2009 (Social Marketing Service).