By Jel Santos
Around 500 families affected by the devastation of Typhoon Ompong in Cagayan will get up to P 15, 000 each from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).
PRC said 436 families will each get household livelihood assistance worth P 10, 000, while 57 families in Baggao, Cagayan will get P15, 000, which is specified as household agricultural assistance.
On June 14, PRC Chairman Richard Gordon is set to return to Cagayan to lead the distribution of the financial aid.
“We continue to live by our motto—when the world no longer watches, we do what must be done. The Red Cross does not settle for providing the needs of the people. We aim to transform lives. This is why we want to enable them to start anew,” he said in a statement.
According to PRC, Cagayan Province is the worst hit by Typhoon Ompong.
PRC Operations Center data revealed that 132,074 houses were fully or partially damaged—with over 15,912 individuals displaced during the onslaught of the typhoon.
Moreover, Cagayan suffered about P4.4 billion in agricultural damages as 100 percent of corn crops and 64 percent of rice products were lost.
“When we visited Baggao last year, we witnessed how devastated the people were. We saw houses with blown roofs and damaged crops. This motivated us to continue working on the situation,” Gordon recalled.
The recovery program is in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
It seeks to help farmers with less than one hectare of cultivable land, as well as farm laborers and households who belong under the social vulnerability criteria.
Per PRC, for the first installment of the program, it will give P6,000 to livelihood grantees and P8,000 for the agricultural beneficiaries. The full amount will be given once the monitoring is completed.
In September 2018, Gordon led the distribution of CGI sheets and shelter toolkits to 393 households from Baggao and basic household items to 355 families from Gattaran.
Ever since PRC said it has given as much as P15,000-livelihood assistance each to 893 families in Cagayan and as much as P54,000 cash assistance per household to 181 families whose houses were fully damaged.