DAVAO

Social Services office eyes local ID system

SunStar File

AFTER some constraints that caused the delay of the financial assistance distribution to families affected by the flood more than three weeks ago, the Davao City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) is eyeing to employ a localized identification (ID) system similar to that of the national ID system.

CSSDO head Maria Luisa Bermudo said having a local ID system, as proposed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, will fast-track the distribution of government services, especially in times of calamity.

Bermudo said the absence of master lists from the barangays and puroks had led to the delay of the distribution of financial assistance being complained by the affected residents.

While having a master list is not yet mandated, she urged the barangays to have one as it would determine if the resident is qualified to receive the allocated assistance in that particular area.

"Importante nga atong barangay naa unta sila'y master list para dali para sa atoang part. Dapat naa sila'y listahan or master list sa atong mga residents sa tagsa-tagsang pamilya to determine if residente ni siya sa purok (It is important that the barangays should have their own master lists so that it would be convenient in our part. They should have their own master lists of the residents and families to determine if they are residents in these areas)," Bermudo said.

She added that the CSSDO has to do the validation, which they are strictly implementing to avoid corruption, which further prolongs the distribution of the assistance.

"We are talking about the money of the government na gigahin sa mga apektadong residents. Kami ang mahimong accountable (We are talking of the money of the government that is allocated to the affected residents. We would be held accountable to any discrepancies)," Bermudo said.

Meanwhile, she said the city is continuously distributing financial assistance to affected families of the flash flood.

She said more than 1,000 out of the 13,000 affected families were already given cash assistance. These are from areas of Los Amigos and Tugbok Proper of Tugbok District; Barangay Talomo of Talomo District; and Barangay Wangan of Calinan.

She also encouraged those affected families not included in the master list to report to the CSSDO to have them included in their list.


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