DSWD implements Cash-for-Work program for victims of Typhoon Pedring, Quiel

Typhoon Pedring - US Embassy Roxas Boulevard
With families displaced by typhoons Pedring and Quiel returning home, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman today said that the DSWD, local government units (LGUs), concerned government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) are now working together for the speedy implementation of the recovery and rehabilitation plan for the affected families.
One of the components of the plan is the Cash-for-Work (CFW) or Food-for-Work (FFW) program for the displaced families to be implemented by DSWD regional offices in Regions I, II, III, NCR, and CAR.
Beneficiaries of the Cash-for-Work and Food–for-Work programs will receive cash based on the prevailing regional wages or food in exchange for doing community projects, such as repair and reconstruction of damaged houses and community facilities, clean-up and garbage collection, among others.
Likewise, those inside the evacuation centers are also provided with CFW/FFW in exchange for maintaining cleanliness in the premises.
As of 6 a.m., October 10, the DSWD has provided P66. 67 million worth of relief assistance to affected LGUs in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, V, NCR, CAR, and IV-B.
In Region III, which is the hardest hit, the DSWD has provided P34.16 million broken down as Quick-Response fund (P15.62 million), Family Packs (P17.20 million), and Non-Food items (P1.34 million).
Thirty two towns were devastated in Region III: six towns in Bulacan; ten towns in Nueva Ecija; ten towns in Tarlac; four towns in Pampanga; and two towns in Zambales.  To date, far-flung coastal communities in Masantol, Macabebe, and Apalit in the province of Pampanga are still flooded hampering the delivery of relief goods. Secretary Soliman has instructed the conduct of relief operations in the areas.  Additional 20,000 family packs will be delivered today in Pampanga and Bulacan.
As of October 10, 6 a.m., the DSWD has provided P12.73 million worth of relief assistance to the province of Bulacan, P4.10 million to Nueva Ecija, P1.67 million to Pampanga, P603,275.80 to Zambales and P6.59 million to Tarlac.
As of October 10, 6 a.m., 79 evacuation centers remain open in Regions III, IV-A, NCR, and CAR serving 6,760 families affected by Pedring, while DSWD also continues to provide assistance to 42,550 families outside the evacuation centers.
Meanwhile, 1,768 individuals from various organizations, schools, and corporations went to the National Resource Operation Center (NROC) to respond to DSWD’s call for volunteers to assist in the repacking of relief goods.
The volunteers were from the Philippine National Police, UP All Caloocan City, NTHK-C Alyansa, Tuloy sa Don Bosco School, UNAEV Electrical, Inc., St. Jude College, OLAP-SOLCC, YMCA Club, Makati City, Globe Telecom, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Daughters of Wisdom, Daughters of Charity, Teletech, SHEC, Global Peace Youth Corps Phils., Child Rights, Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines, PPVR Cavite, DRRM Youth, SFC, 4K, Inc.,  Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program beneficiaries, and DSWD employees.
The DSWD is still accepting volunteers to repack goods at the NROC. The NROC is located at Chapel Road, Pasay City (back of Air Transportation Office) with telephone  852-8081.