By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The government has so far released ₱5.2 million worth of assistance for the victims of landslide in Naga City, Cebu last September.
A total of ₱5,237,204.28 has been released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in continuation of the relief efforts for the survivors and bereaved families of those who perished in the landslide.
DSWD-Central Visayas reported that the city government of Naga will provide up to ₱150,000 financial assistance to each of the 444 families living in areas identified by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau as critical or danger zones.
These families are prevented from returning to their houses situated in said hazardous areas.
Aside from financial assistance, the displaced families were also given the option to receive housing units from the National Housing Authority in two identified relocation sites in Balili property in Naga City and in Brgy. Valencia in Carcar City.
DSWD-Central Visayas also helped city and provincial government personnel in the management of evacuation centers to monitor the situation of internally displaced persons who returned to the temporary shelters after the observance of the Undas.
In a related report, DSWD-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) continues its operations to assist families affected by the landslide incident in Natonin, Mt. Province.
DSWD-CAR is expected to provide ₱5,000 cash aid to affected families, which will be given in addition to the burial assistance that will cover the funeral services for the landslide casualties.
Likewise, the social welfare and development team of Mt. Province reported that the provincial local government unit will haul family food packs from Lagawe, Ifugao to Natonin for distribution to barangays that remain isolated due to the landslides. (Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz)