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Philippines: From Beneficiaries to Buyers: Creating a viable market for toilets in the Philippines

24 March 2017 - 6:43am
Source: Oxfam Country: Philippines

In 2013, super typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc on Eastern Samar and Bantayan Island and triggered a huge humanitarian response. Now the challenge is to support sustainable development. Having a toilet is a ‘damgo’ (a dream), not a necessity for poor families in the Philippines. If you didn’t think having a clean toilet at home was important before the disaster, why would it be important afterwards? By bringing together the right expertise and getting good financial products in place Oxfam has supported poor families to access new markets and products actively, with the intention of supporting long-lasting change.

Philippines: Distribution of P5,000 cash aid for ‘Yolanda’ survivors ongoing

24 March 2017 - 5:50am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), under instructions from President Rodrigo R. Duterte, continues to provide support and technical assistance to local government units to hasten the implementation of the Presidential Financial Assistance (5KPFA) for the Typhoon “Yolanda”-affected households with damaged houses in Regions VI, NIR, VII and VIII.

A total of 196,258 households with damaged houses are targeted to avail of the P5,000 financial assistance from the Office of the President with Region VI having the most number of household-beneficiaries at 126,261 households, followed by Regions VIII (61,916), NIR (7,713), and VII (368).

As of March 23, DSWD field offices from the said regions have already validated 79,581 households, of which 54,277 households have been evaluated as qualified beneficiaries.

On March 1, the Department has already conducted its cash assistance distribution to 211 household-beneficiaries in Tacloban City at the Leyte Pantawid Provincial Office which was graced by DSWD OIC-Undersecretary for Operations-Protective Services Hope V. Hervilla.

In addition, the DSWD also validated the following:

  • 843 household-beneficiaries for the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) cash card opening, 221 beneficiaries in 6 municipalities in Region VI, 420 beneficiaries in 3 municipalities in NIR and 211 beneficiaries in 4 municipalities in Region VIII; and

  • 107 household-beneficiaries in 6 municipalities in the Province of Cebu, in Region VII for direct cash payout by April 15, 2017 located in isolated areas and with no access to Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and its bank partners.

Lastly, complete receipt of assistance by all beneficiaries is expected by the end of June 2017.

Update on ESCAP for ‘Nina’ and ‘Lawin’ survivors

Meanwhile, the implementation of the Emergency Shelter Cash Assistance Program (ESCAP) for typhoon “Lawin” and “Nina”-affected households is still ongoing in all affected regions in Luzon.

For Lawin-affected areas in Regions CAR, I, II, and III, a total of 161,553 households with damaged houses are targeted to be provided with ESCAP amounting to P807.76 million.

As of March 22, some 143,060 household-beneficiaries or 89% of the target number of households have already received the initial ESCAP at P5,000 amounting to P715 million, while the remaining 18,493 household-beneficiaries is expected to receive their assistance by the end of March.

For ‘Nina’ survivors in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and V, a total of 122,149 household-beneficiaries amounting to P610, 745,890 have been funded using the Department’s Quick Response Fund (QRF) prioritizing beneficiaries with totally damaged houses.

Based on recent reports, a total of 13,847 household-beneficiaries have already received initial Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) amounting to P69,235,000.

In addition, the DSWD Field Office in Region V has already tapped the Food-for-Work (FFW) program to support the shelter repair and rehabilitation of small-scale infrastructures. To date, a total of 50,087 food packs costing P17,915,174.20 have been distributed to approximately 25,044 families who were engaged in the FFW.

Assistance to earthquake survivors

In another disaster-related report, the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit the CARAGA region has already damaged a total of 10,873 houses, of which, 522 houses totally destroyed while the remaining 10,351 houses are partially destroyed.

The DSWD has already provided relief assistance amounting to P17,283,438.69 in the form of food and non-food items, while local government units (LGUs) provided a total of P2,742,838.00 worth of assistance, and P P1,716,273.50 from Non-Government Organizations (NGOs).

Aside from the given assistance, an initial amount of P16,627,800 was released to cover the ESA and Cash-for-Work (CFW) requirement of 518 households with damaged houses has been released to DSWD-CARAGA last March 8. ###

Philippines: Distribution of P5,000 cash aid for ‘Yolanda’ survivors on going

24 March 2017 - 5:50am
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), under instructions from President Rodrigo R. Duterte, continues to provide support and technical assistance to local government units to hasten the implementation of the Presidential Financial Assistance (5KPFA) for the Typhoon “Yolanda”-affected households with damaged houses in Regions VI, NIR, VII and VIII.

A total of 196,258 households with damaged houses are targeted to avail of the P5,000 financial assistance from the Office of the President with Region VI having the most number of household-beneficiaries at 126,261 households, followed by Regions VIII (61,916), NIR (7,713), and VII (368).

As of March 23, DSWD field offices from the said regions have already validated 79,581 households, of which 54,277 households have been evaluated as qualified beneficiaries.

On March 1, the Department has already conducted its cash assistance distribution to 211 household-beneficiaries in Tacloban City at the Leyte Pantawid Provincial Office which was graced by DSWD OIC-Undersecretary for Operations-Protective Services Hope V. Hervilla.

In addition, the DSWD also validated the following:

  • 843 household-beneficiaries for the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) cash card opening, 221 beneficiaries in 6 municipalities in Region VI, 420 beneficiaries in 3 municipalities in NIR and 211 beneficiaries in 4 municipalities in Region VIII; and

  • 107 household-beneficiaries in 6 municipalities in the Province of Cebu, in Region VII for direct cash payout by April 15, 2017 located in isolated areas and with no access to Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and its bank partners.

Lastly, complete receipt of assistance by all beneficiaries is expected by the end of June 2017.

Update on ESCAP for ‘Nina’ and ‘Lawin’ survivors

Meanwhile, the implementation of the Emergency Shelter Cash Assistance Program (ESCAP) for typhoon “Lawin” and “Nina”-affected households is still ongoing in all affected regions in Luzon.

For Lawin-affected areas in Regions CAR, I, II, and III, a total of 161,553 households with damaged houses are targeted to be provided with ESCAP amounting to P807.76 million.

As of March 22, some 143,060 household-beneficiaries or 89% of the target number of households have already received the initial ESCAP at P5,000 amounting to P715 million, while the remaining 18,493 household-beneficiaries is expected to receive their assistance by the end of March.

For ‘Nina’ survivors in Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and V, a total of 122,149 household-beneficiaries amounting to P610, 745,890 have been funded using the Department’s Quick Response Fund (QRF) prioritizing beneficiaries with totally damaged houses.

Based on recent reports, a total of 13,847 household-beneficiaries have already received initial Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) amounting to P69,235,000.

In addition, the DSWD Field Office in Region V has already tapped the Food-for-Work (FFW) program to support the shelter repair and rehabilitation of small-scale infrastructures. To date, a total of 50,087 food packs costing P17,915,174.20 have been distributed to approximately 25,044 families who were engaged in the FFW.

Assistance to earthquake survivors

In another disaster-related report, the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit the CARAGA region has already damaged a total of 10,873 houses, of which, 522 houses totally destroyed while the remaining 10,351 houses are partially destroyed.

The DSWD has already provided relief assistance amounting to P17,283,438.69 in the form of food and non-food items, while local government units (LGUs) provided a total of P2,742,838.00 worth of assistance, and P P1,716,273.50 from Non-Government Organizations (NGOs).

Aside from the given assistance, an initial amount of P16,627,800 was released to cover the ESA and Cash-for-Work (CFW) requirement of 518 households with damaged houses has been released to DSWD-CARAGA last March 8. ###

Philippines: Japan Provides Funding for the Japanese NGO Activities in the Philippines

8 March 2017 - 5:13am
Source: Government of Japan Country: Japan, Philippines

Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa signed 2 grant contracts at the Embassy of Japan on March 6, 2017 between each representative of Japanese NGOs which are conducting activities in the Philippines for its development. The total amount of US$ 1,019,051 (approximately 45.9 million pesos), is funded through the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects, a small-grant funding program of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). The Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects started in the Philippines in 2002. Since then, the Japanese Government has made contracts for 46 projects in the Philippines under the scheme amounting to approximately 1 billion yen in total. Japan believes that these projects described below will strengthen not only friendship between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines but also the existing strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines.

1. Project for resilient Community protected by Forest = Restoration from Super typhoon “Haiyan”= (Phase 3)
By OISCA (Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement)
Amount of Grant : US$ 442,716 (approximately 19.9 million pesos)

This project aims to reduce disaster risks and improve the livelihood of indigenous people in Tacloban City, the Municipalities of Tanauan, Palo and Tolosa in Leyte Province and the Municipality of Ajuy in Iloilo Province. These areas were affected by typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

Under phases 1 and 2 of the project, OISCA, a Japanese NGO conducted afforestation, planting of vegetables, poultry breeding, beekeeping and capacity building for farmer-beneficiaries. This year, which is the final phase of this three-year-project, OISCA will expand its strategies and activities for afforestation, planting, poultry breeding, beekeeping, food processing and capacity building, and extend successful pilot experiments to other beneficiaries and the public sector.

2. Project on Capacity Building Project on Peace Education and Conflict Resolution in Bangsamoro Communities of Mindanao (Phase 3)
By ICAN(International Children’s Action Network)
Amount of Grant : US$ 576,335 (approximately 25.9 million pesos)

Mindanao has experienced about 40 years of conflict between the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The Municipality of Pikit where the MILF military camp exists has produced a lot of Internally Displaced People (IDP) as a result of the conflict. Many children who experienced the conflict in Mindanao suffer psychological damages. In addition, a lot of them have no access to schools due to the conflict and insufficient facilities of schools in the area. The lack of education in the area has negative impacts on building peace. This project aims to introduce peace education through the construction of classroom buildings at elementary schools and high schools. It is expected that this project will contribute to the peace and stability in the area.

For phases 1 and 2 of the project, in 2015 and 2016, ICAN conducted the construction of classrooms and trainings on peace education in the western and southern parts of the Municipality of Pikit. For this year, which is the final phase of the three-year-project, ICAN will produce teaching materials for peace education in the same parts of the municipality.

Philippines: Typhoon Yolanda survivors from Tacloban receive P5,000 cash aid

2 March 2017 - 10:10pm
Source: Government of the Philippines Country: Philippines

Around 213 Typhoon Yolanda survivors received their P5,000 financial assistance from the Office of the President today. The cash assistance was distributed by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Field Office VIII.

DSWD OIC-Undersecretary for Operations-Protective Services, Hope V. Hervilla, witnessed the distribution on behalf of DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.

It can be recalled that on November 8, 2016 on the 3rd year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda, President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to provide cash assistance to Typhoon Yolanda survivors who were not included in the list of beneficiaries of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA). They then raised their issue with Sec. Taguiwalo who subsequently relayed their appeals for help to Pres. Duterte. OIC-Usec Hervilla lauded those who stood up and fought for their rights.

“Ito ang administrasyong may tunay na malasakit sa mga mahihirap (This is the administration which has genuine compassion for the poor) Although this is just a small amount, this will compensate for the three long years that you have patiently waited for an answer, “OIC-Usec Hervilla stated.

“We are pleased that the government responded to your call. These funds come from no less than the Office of the President, ” she added.

However, she emphasized that the government cannot give the P10,000 (for partially damaged houses) and P30,000 (totally damaged houses) ESA since these are not included in the government’s budget for this year.

About 1,841 individuals from Tacloban City have been listed by an alliance of people’s organizations formed by the typhoon survivors, but the number was trimmed down after careful validation.

Meanwhile, DSWD-Field Office VIII Director Restituto Macuto explained that some of the survivors have already availed of government shelter assistance, while others were put into double entry in the list.

The 213 recipients of the financial aid come from Barangays 60-A, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, and Utap. Listed as eligible beneficiaries for the cash assistance under the Presidential Assistance guidelines are heads of qualified households, and those in the list endorsed by people’s organizations on or before the third year anniversary of Yolanda when Pres. Duterte announced the P5,000 aid.

Asked how long will it take for the remaining claimants from other areas of the region to receive the cash aid, Usec. Hervilla said that it will take three to six months, since the validation of households is ongoing.

She added that the P1B allotted by the Office of the President for the 200,000 claimants for the region and three other regions (Regions VI, VII and N.I.R.) do not include funds needed to hire additional workers to go around the different localities to facilitate speedy validation of all the affected households.

She pledged to do everything possible to hasten the process reiterating the Department’s “Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo” slogan.