DSWD readies recovery and rehabilitation plan for typhoon victims.

Map of Bulacan showing the location of Calumpit
An October 5, 2011 press release from the Department of Social Welfare and Development
Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman joined President Benigno S. Aquino III today in Calumpit, Bulacan, to conduct an assessment of the situation of the families affected by typhoons Pedring and Quiel.
“The national government, through the DSWD and other concerned agencies is now conducting a comprehensive needs assessment under the National Disaster Risk Reduction Monitoring Council (NDRRMC) to determine short-term and long-term programs for the immediate implementation of the early recovery and rehabilitation plan,” Secretary Soliman stated.
The plan includes addressing the socioeconomic, infrastructure, reconstruction, and restoration components. Likewise, the private-public partnerships would be crucial in implementing projects along flood mitigation, environmental degradation, and climate change related concerns, Secretary Soliman added.
In the meantime, the national government shall continue to provide relief assistance until such time that the displaced families are able to return to their respective communities. The DSWD will immediately provide shelter assistance to the families whose homes were destroyed due to typhoons Pedring and Quiel, through the Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP).
Livelihood opportunities through the Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program and Cash-for-Work/Training (CFW/T) will also be provided to the affected families and communities. Likewise, the Cash-for-Food or Work (CFW) shall provide the affected families with cash or food in exchange for doing community projects, such as repair and reconstruction of damaged houses and community facilities, clean-up and garbage collection, Secretary Soliman explained.
The DSWD has provided P43 million for the victims of typhoons Pedring and Quiel,and will provide an additional P5 million to Region III and P2.5 million to the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
As of October 5, 6 a.m., 451 evacuation centers remain open serving 45,159 families affected by ‘Pedring,’ while DSWD also continues to provide assistance to 51,791 families outside the evacuation centers.
“All the concerned national government agencies, LGUs and non-government organizations (NGOs) are working together to provide immediate relief assistance, at the same time, planning and coordinating various efforts for the implementation of the recovery and rehabilitation plan, Secretary Soliman said.