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Yolanda victims who did not receive ESA to get P 5,000 each

By Joseph Pilapil
DSWD now validating list of beneficiaries FAMILIES WHO did not get Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for typhoon Yolanda victims have a chance to avail of the Presidential Financial
Assistance (PFA) worth P5,000 each, but the list of beneficiaries has to be verified first.

This was announced by project development officers from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-Region 8) during their meeting with Mayor Richard Gomez on Thursday, February 23.
The team asked permission from the city mayor to access pertinent reports and documents on ESA as the prime basis for validating the list of beneficiaries for the Presidential Financial Assistance (PFA) amounting to P5,000 per household. The officers said that the list they got from the Office of the Ombudsman submitted by the People’s Organizations (POs) need to undergo verification before the names would be entitled for the PFA.

A copy of Memorandum Circular No. 3 released by DSWD, which provides guidelines for the PFA distribution, was given to Mrs. Delia Corbo of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), DSWD’s local counterpart, who was tasked by Mayor Gomez to help facilitate the validation process.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify for the President’s financial assistance, a household must meet all of the following criteria:

1. The house of the household must have been damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda, without distinction as to the extent of damage or ownership of the lot on which the house is built;
2. The household requested assistance from the DSWD on or before November 8, 2016, and must either;

• Have been included in one of the lists submitted to the DSWD by People’s Organizations (POs) and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) on or before November 8, 2016;
• Have been included in one of the lists of unfunded ESA family-beneficiaries submitted on June 22, 2016, to the Department of Budget and Management(DBM); or
• Have submitted, on or before November 8, 2016, a complaint to the DSWD of not having received assistance, which must have been confirmed and validated by the DSWD.

Required Documents

To avail of the financial assistance, eligible households must submit the following documents:

1. Accomplished Financial Assistance Application Form, indicating the demographic information of the household-beneficiary;
2. Certification issued by the proper barangay authorities on the residency of the household-beneficiary; and
3. Any valid Identification Card (ID). In case a household is unable to present any valid ID, the partner PO to which the identified beneficiary belongs to shall issue a Certification as to
the identity of the beneficiary. The PO shall also send a representative during the distribution of the assistance to affirm the identity of the beneficiary.
4. Certification executed by the beneficiary that the household has not received any of the following assistance:
• Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), in cash or in kind;
• Core Shelters from DSWD under the CoreShelter Assistance Program (CSAP) and Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP);
• Permanent housing from National Housing Authority (NHA); or • Any other shelter or housing grant from the government.

The PFA i s Pres. Duterte’s way of delivering his promise to help some 200,000 survivors who appealed to have not received their ESA, during the third year commemoration of ‘Yolanda’ in Tacloban City in November last year. In Ormoc City, the ESA distribution was controversial after a number of families from different barangays never received the fund. Some even confronted
Mayor Gomez about it during his first few days in office, but the mayor clarified that the remaining ESA were returned back to the national government by the previous administration of former mayor Edward Codilla. with a report from PIA

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