LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- An ordinance providing relief and rehabilitation assistance to victims of disasters has been crafted to assure aid during emergencies.

“Despite various precautionary measures being undertaken to ensure preparedness, the province of Benguet is still prone to possible disasters both manmade and natural,” the ordinance stated.

This as board members stressed calamities affect the most vulnerable sectors of society, the children, the women, men and the elderly

The proposed law will mandate the government to release two types of assistance: relief assistance which includes emergency food assistance, assistance to individuals in crisis and financial assistance to bereaved family members.

Another type of aid will also be given by the government, such as rehabilitation assistance which includes food–for-work and cash amounting to P100 a day per participant for a duration of ten days.

Emergency shelter assistance per family amounting P10,000 for totally damaged residential houses a minimum of P1,000 and a maximum of P5,000 to victims of partially damaged houses.

The 'Balik Probinsiya' program is also crafted for travel of families back to their home provinces which will amount to P4,000 per family and finally, a supplemental feeding program amounting to P10 a day per child for 30 days to six months.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office shall formulate guidelines for the implementation and determine beneficiaries and amount to be given each recipient after an assessment by Social Workers.

The ordinance was discussed in last week’s provincial council session and will be effective upon approval of Governor Nestor Fongwan.

In 2009, hundreds died onslaught of Typhoon Pepeng. The tragedy damaged millions in infrastructure, agriculture and fishery with recovery and has shaped the future of the province in the years to come.