Philippines: Typhoon Frank survivors underway to full recovery

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (16 April) -- The survivors of typhoon Frank are back on their feet and moving on after a disastrous encounter with nature couple of months ago, said Luna Moscoso, Social Worker Team Leader DSWD Antique Field Office.

The concerted efforts of the affected communities, local government units, government agencies, non-government organizations, inter-faith organizations, private individuals has strengthened the rehabilitation process of the survivors, Moscoso said.

During the meeting of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, Department of Social Welfare and Development reported the release of P18,763,214.72 to 10,697 beneficiaries that helped in the rehabilitation process of affected families.

Among the assistance availed by the survivors are Food-for-Work in the amount of P4,439,700.00 given to 2,184 beneficiaries, Emergency Shelter Assistance P6,316,000.00 to 674 families, Shelter Assistance- P4,450,000.00 to 89 families and P3,557,514.72 relief augmentation to 7,750 beneficiaries.

Emergency Shelter Assistance in the amount of P10,000.00 were given to families in the towns of San Remigio, Sibalom, Valderrama, Barbaza, Bugasong and Tibiao whose houses were damaged by the typhoon. Almost all beneficiaries have already availed of the assistance.

Shelter assistance on the otherhand were released to typhoon victims in barangay Boroc-boroc, Valderrama involving 89 families in the amount of P50,000.00 each. As of March, 78 houses were ready for occupancy and construction of 11 is on-going.

Meanwhile, for the first quarter of this year, DSWD released a total of 228,525.00 additional food-for-work for the towns of Barbaza, Laua-an and Bugasong involving 277 beneficiaries.

To continue providing the survivors with psychological rehabilitation and help them especially the children cope with the trauma of disaster, DSWD brought 25 children/youth to therapy tour program for traumatized children due to typhoon Frank in Manila April 13-17, 2009.

Moscoso said that the concerted efforts of agencies, private organizations, local government units and the survivors themselves have helped a lot in the healing and recovery process. "We are optimistic that the scar (both physical and psychological) brought about by the disaster will give families and communities inspiration to further get up and move on with their normal lives", the source concluded. (PIA)