A YEAR after typhoon Yolanda destroyed their houses, some residents in northern Cebu said they have yet to receive the assistance promised by the National Government.
Some Yolanda survivors held a rally at the Fuente Osmeña rotunda in Cebu City to remind the government. From Fuente, they marched to the Capitol and to the office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
“Nipasalig man sila nga tabangan mi nila labi na gyod sa pagpabarog og balay pero hangtod karon wala man gyod maabot ang giingon nila nga tabang alang namo (They promised to help, especially in rebuilding our houses. But until now, we have not received the assistance),” said Evelyn Cuyos, a resident of Sitio Pasil in Barangay Gibitngil, Medellin.
Cuyos said the DSWD 7 surveyed their area a week after the typhoon and pledged shelter and livelihood assistance.
She said families whose houses were damaged were promised P5,000 and those with destroyed houses would get P10,000.
In Daanbantayan town, Lydsheell Mahinay said the National Government promised P10,000 to those damaged houses and P30,000 to P70,000 for those whose homes were destroyed.
Cuyos and Mahinay said they were able to repair their houses with the help of non-government organizations.
To mark the first anniversary of typhoon Yolanda today, calamity survivors will join a caravan from Cebu City to Bogo. A candle-lighting activity will follow the caravan.
The Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office said about 103,000 houses were damaged by Yolanda.
Cuyos said her family worked hard to get back on their feet. Her husband, a fisherman, took care of their daily needs.
Jonel Perfecio of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, a member of the Alliance of Yolanda Survivors United for Development and Assistance (Ayuda-Cebu) said northern Cebu residents expressed their sentiments in a petition letter sent to Gov. Hilario Davide III.
“Kulang ug gipili ang hinabang gikan sa ahensya sa gobyerno ug sa mga local government units ikompara namo sa gihatag nga ayuda sa pribadong sector, NGO ug langyaw'ng grupo nga direktang nanghatag ug tabang kanamo. Mas maayo pa ilang sistema sa pagpanghatag (Assistance from the national and local government was insufficient and not equally distributed, unlike those from the private sector and foreign donors. The private sector and foreign donors have a better system of aid distribution),” the petition states.
“We urge other survivors to join us,” Perceferio said.