DSWD hires 1,140 typhoon displaced individuals in NCR

October 28, 2009 11:38 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 29 — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral said the agency’s “cash-for work” program (CFW) has already hired 1,140 persons displaced by typhoon “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” in the National Capital Region (NCR).

“The CFW program is one of the support programs of the government for the victims who have suffered job and income losses. It serves as an alternative and temporary means of livelihood,” Cabral said.

The DSWD chief said as the relief operations winds down, the agency is shifting its focus on recovery and rehabilitation of the typhoon victims.

In NCR, the DSWD has paid the 1,440 workers more than P1.3 million as of Oct. 27, 2009.

Cabral said CFW beneficiaries were able to clear 48 kilometers of road and 373 meters of esteros of garbage and debris.

She added 629 truck loads containing 32,788 sacks of garbage have been hauled away saying, “The accomplishments contributed to the hygiene and sanitation of 47 barangays in Metro Manila with 221,332 families.”

The CFW program is a clean-up drive project of DSWD that provides temporary employment to both the evacuees and individuals in the communities affected by the typhoon in exchange for their services or involvement in restoration and rehabilitation activities.

“It is a cleaning and clearing operation where each hired worker is paid P231 for a day’s work for a maximum of 10 days,” Cabral added.

Those who can avail of the Cash-for-Work program are victims who are in the masterlist of disaster family victims and have been classified as severely affected by the disaster i.e., have lost their houses or livelihood and whose activities of daily living have been severely disrupted.

Those whose families are still in evacuation centers and need to undertake restorative and rehabilitative activities may also qualify for the CFW program. (PNA) LDV/PFN

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