DSWD 7 focuses on rehab stage

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013


THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 announced it has slowed down on its relief operations for the typhoon-hit areas in northern Cebu as the agency entered the rehabilitation phase.

“We didn’t stop our relief operation. As a matter of fact, we continue the repacking although this is being done by DSWD personnel and not by volunteers. But this relief operation is not as big as in the past weeks because we are now in the rehabilitation stage,” DSWD 7 Information Officer Aileen Lariba said.

The massive rehabilitation work falls under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), but Lariba said DSWD will handle the livelihood component aimed at uplifting the living conditions of the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.

“We are waiting for DSWD’s mandate in the government’s rehabilitation program in typhoon-devastated areas, but I am sure our role is on the livelihood component,” Lariba said.

She said DSWD has a “sustainable livelihood program” that includes a suitable alternative livelihood for the poor families affected by calamities.

She said DSWD is collaborating with the Department of Labor and Employment 7 in providing jobs to the survivors who lost their livelihood.

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has distributed seeds to the farmers in northern Cebu.

Loans

DA 7 Assistant Director Marina Hermoso said they also advised owners of poultry farms in Bantayan Island to secure loans with Land Bank of the Philippines with low interest rates. Bantayan Island, known as the poultry basket in the Visayas, was among the areas devastated by Yolanda last Nov. 8.

Earlier, DA 7 Director Angel Enriquez reported to Rep. Benhur Salimbangon (Cebu, fourth district) that crops and animals worth P857 million were lost in his district.

Enriquez said that about two million chickens worth P265 million in Bantayan town and one million chickens worth P155 million were lost in other areas of the island.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 01, 2014.

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