Philippines: DSWD releases P76m for construction of core shelter units in Bicol

from Government of the Philippines
Published on 06 Jul 2007
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has initially released P76.23 million (P11.5M from its regular funds and P64.68 million from the Calamity and Rehabilitative Efforts (CARE) funds for the construction of 1,089 core shelter units, out of the total target of 4,265 units for the victims of typhoon "Reming" in the Bicol region.

Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Celia C. Yangco said that in Albay province, a total of 166 units have been completed while 229 units are undergoing construction, as of June 26, 2007. Of this, 119 shelter units are funded by Gawad Kalinga, and 93 units by the Daughters of Charity. The construction of 1,490 shelter units will be pursued once the remaining CARE fund allocated to DSWD is released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

"Out of the P500 million CARE funds approved by the DBM, initial P250 million has been released to the DSWD on June 4, 2007. P125 million was allotted for the core shelter assistance project while the remaining P125 million was spent for livelihood and cash-for-work projects," Undersecretary Yangco stated.

The 166 completed core shelter units are located in Daraga, Legazpi City, Sto. Domingo, and Libon, in Albay Province.

Of the units under construction, 163 are in Anislag in Daraga, Taysan in Legazpi City and San Andres in Sto. Domingo, Albay.

Meanwhile, the beneficiaries of the shelter units were formed into neighborhood associations for shelter assistance (NASA) composed of ten persons each group who, by themselves undertake construction of their houses. The DSWD also provided carpentry tools to the beneficiaries.

Undersecretary Yangco added that to complement the housing assistance with livelihood project, the Department has likewise released P110,000.00 to 25 beneficiaries at Anislag Transit Point to finance the hollow blocks making project. This is under the Self-Employment Assistance (SEA-K) program of the DSWD which continues to enhance the socio-economic skills of poor families through the organization of community-based associations for entrepreneurial development.

Meanwhile, the government of Japan will be providing food-for-work assistance worth more than P37 million for the 18,840 families for shelter construction and community work in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon. Each beneficiary will also receive food assistance at P2,000 for 10 days. The project will start on July 23, 2007.

The construction of the core shelter units is undertaken jointly by DSWD, Gawad Kalinga, Daughters of Charity and the LGUs.