By ANA-LIZA S. MACATANGAY
NAGA CITY — San Jose Mayor Antonio Chavez , together with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assistant regional director Corazon Miña, personally handed over a check worth P6.7M to help the beneficiaries who lost their homes from the recent calamity brought by typhoon Glenda.
This project was carried out under the Core Shelter Assistance Project of DSWD that caters to indigent families through the provision of cash assistance and other construction materials that they can use to refurbish their damaged dwelling place. Recipients will receive P70,000.00 each.
Chavez thanked DSWD for realizing one of his visions of providing each family with a decent place to live in, particularly those who are living in the shorelines in the outer skirts of the town and are perennially affected by strong typhoons, flooding and related natural disasters.
“These are indigent families who hardly have money to buy their daily foods, much more built their houses. The assistance from DSWD plus the counterpart of the municipality will be enough for them to have a new start and eventually take off from there.”
The municipal government on the other hand will also give P750,000.00 as counterpart to the project and will be used to purchase construction materials to augment families who might lack resources to fully restore or build their houses.
While some beneficiaries will stay in their original residences, others will have to be directed to a resettlement area in Catalutuan resettlement site, including 38 families from Barangay Sabang whose houses were washed away from storm surges.
Aside from Barangay Sabang, other areas that will benefit from the project include Barangays Catalutuan with 39 families including those from Sabang; Bagacay with 13 families/ recipients; Telegrapo, 6; , Salogon, 12; , Pugay, 16 and Tominawog, with 10 benefited families.
Meanwhile, the DSWD also announced the winners for the 2014 Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya in the Bicol region.
The Victoria family of Buhi, Camarines Sur was declared as Bicol Region’s 2014 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya; while the Antigua family of Uson Masbate and Lopez family of Pandan Catanduanes were named first and second-runner up winners, respectively.
DSWD Bicol Pantawid Pamilya information officer Glorei Lindio said the Search aims to recognize the contribution of the families in complying with the set of conditions under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
Lindio said the family was adjudged as the model family of the Program for their consistent compliance to the set of conditions and their strong sense of family values and active engagement to the development in their community.
“The Victoria family was able to spread the value of education and health in their community. They wholeheartedly extended help amidst difficult situation and able to instill the importance of loving and caring for the environment,” Lindio said.
Victoria family will serve as an advocate of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and will be speaking in various fora to share their inspiring story of positive change.
The grand winner received a cash prize worth P15, 000, P1, 000 worth of gift certificate, a plaque and certificate of recognition.
Buhi municipal Mayor Rey P. Lacoste also added that DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) has indeed helped a lot of poor families not only in terms of financial assistance but also through the family development sessions that gives awareness and knowledge on parenting, value for education, and health and community participation.- PIA
San Jose folks gets P6.7M housing assist from DSWD
By ANA-LIZA S. MACATANGAY