Flood victims get P1.27-million emergency shelter assistance

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DAVAO ORIENTAL – Some 127 families in the village of Marayag in Lupon town have recently received a total of P 1.27 million Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), after their homes suffered damages due to a destructive flood brought about by LPA Agaton in 2014.

Turned over by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XI and the Provincial Government, each family beneficiary receives P10, 000.00.

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, who led the turn over, said she hopes that the cash assistance would help residents repair and improve their homes.

For families who have already fixed their houses,the cash assistance will serve as a refund for the repair costs.

The residents who received the emergency shelter cash assistance thanked the Provincial Government and the DSWD for the aid, saying it is truly a big help for them.

The qualified recipients of the ESA are those who were evaluated by the municipal and provincial social workers and validated by the DSWD regional office.

The governor thanked the DSWD Regional Office for their relentless support to her province, noting them to be one of the most reliable partner agency that her province have. “Without them (DSWD), it may have been difficult for us to address our concerns on our own,” she said.

She also highlighted the DSWD’s active role in the relief operation at the time of the disaster.

Residents recalled the horror they endured during the heavy flooding that swept away houses and crops. Boulders and mud slid down from the mountains and piled in the center of the village. “It was a good thing that the government acted quickly and that help came right away,” said one villager. (PIO)