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Soliman proposes cash shelter aid for Ruby victims

TACLOBAN CITY -– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is seeking to grant cash assistance to families in three Samar provinces, whose houses were destroyed by typhoon “Ruby”.

DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman told Tacloban reporters today that they are now drafting the proposal up for submission to the Office of the President on Monday.

“The amount is still the same – P30,000 for each families with totally damaged houses and P10,000 for those with partially damaged houses,” said Soliman, who just came from Eastern Samar to lead the distribution of relief goods.

The DSWD is now making sure that the list of beneficiaries is accurate before coming up with proposed amount for emergency shelter assistance (ESA).

The official is optimistic that President Benigno C. Aquino III will approve the proposal. Distribution of cash is targeted before the end of January.

Initial reports from the Department of Social Welfare and Development showed that 107,835 houses have been destroyed by typhoon Ruby, with 82,102 totally damaged and 25,733 partially damaged.

Of the number, 35,345 are in Eastern Samar; 41,566 in Northern Samar; 23,187 in Samar; 7,504 in Leyte; 188 in Biliran and 51 in Southern Leyte.

The International Organization on Migration and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee will ship tents and tarpaulins to decongest evacuation centers in Samar provinces where nearly half million people are still taking shelter.

Leyte under state of calamity, too

The provincial government of Leyte has placed Leyte province under a state of calamity Tuesday afternoon, during the regular session of the provincial board.

Leyte Vice-Governor Carlo P. Loreto said that even if the province is still under a state of emergency due to typhoon Yolanda, the declaration is necessary to facilitate inventory of equipment and downloading of assistance to the provincial government to help affected residents.

Loreto said the declaration will allow local government units to use their calamity funds and will provide employees an access to calamity loans from the Social Security System and the Government Service Insurance System to finance the repair of damage properties.

The provincial government has enough calamity funds, but the official declined to disclose the amount.

Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla reported that typhoon Ruby’s impact is worse in the northeastern part of the province, particularly the towns of Barugo, San Miguel and Babatngon.

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