DSWD to continue implementing CFW and other convergence programs for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

January 27, 2014 11:17 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 27 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Monday it will continue implementing the Cash-for-Work (CFW) and convergence program for typhoon "Yolanda" survivors to help them rebuild their lives instead of the proposal of some groups to provide them with P40,000 each.

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, the DSWD does not agree with the proposal to distribute P40,000 to each typhoon victim.

“The granting of the amount of P40,000 is not a guarantee that all of the typhoon victims would use the money to rebuild their lives,” Soliman explained.

She stressed that agreeing to the said proposal could set a bad precedent if another typhoon or disaster hit the country.

The DSWD chief said that what the survivors need to continue rebuilding their lives is capability to earn a living through their own efforts which is being provided by the ongoing CFW program started by the DSWD since November last year.

Under the CFW program, the beneficiaries are paid P260 a day for eight hours of work.

The CFW beneficiaries are engaged in works such as loading and unloading of relief goods, repacking of goods, food preparation, cleaning of debris, coastal clean-up, canal dredging, communal gardening, among others.

Aside from DSWD, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) also conducts CFW program that covers around 200,000 beneficiaries.

Tzu Chi Foundation Inc. also supported the CFW program by paying P500 each to "Yolanda" survivors.

According to Soliman, the DSWD has also partnered with the Department of Agriculture in helping the survivors engaged in planting of vegetables and other crops with short gestation period.

She said that these vegetables and other crops can be harvested by March and April and can be used by the survivors as food or source of income to help them buy their other needs aside from the relief goods distributed to them.

Aside from that, in convergence with the Sustainable Livelihood Program (STL) program of DSWD, the survivors will also be trained in livelihood programs to help them utilized their skills and engaged in small business.

Under the STL program, those that will engage in small business will be provided with collateral-free capital assistance payable without interest.

With the convergence of other government agencies, like the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), provision of employment to other survivors will also be facilitated as part of the recovery efforts for them.

She reiterated the assurance that the provision of relief assistance will not stop by March.

“By the end of March, we will make a re-assessment to determine who will still need the relief assistance and who will be capable of standing on their own feet,” she added.

She assured that vulnerable families like those with elderly members, persons with disability (PWDs) and pregnant women will continue to receive the relief aid. (PNA)



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