Rehab efforts for past typhoons get P592-M support in 2015 GAA

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From the Department of Budget and Management

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the release of P592 million to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to fund the various rehabilitation projects supporting the victims of Typhoons Mario and Luis living in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said, “As our country moves along the path of inclusive development, we’ve not forgotten communities that were affected by previous calamities like Typhoons Mario and Luis. As such, the Administration is continuing rehabilitation efforts to improve their livelihood prospects and to minimize future damages as part of our ‘Build Back Better’ policy.”

Chargeable against the FY 2015 General Appropriations Act, this release includes funding for Cash/Food for Work activities, which will receive P326 million for the benefit of 171,381 families. Meanwhile, the Emergency Shelter Assistance program for families with damaged houses—which will receive P131 million—will benefit 3,874 families with totally damaged houses and 18,433 families with partially-damaged houses. Lastly, 1,522 families will benefit under the Permanent Shelter Assistance program, which will receive P107 million.