TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte (Mabuhay) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday clarified that distribution of relief goods will continue for vulnerable families even beyond December 31, 2013.
DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cheche Cabrera issued the clarification, during an inter-agency briefing here, following reports that the government will stop providing relief goods to typhoon Yolanda affected families by December 31.
“I’d like to correct that. The government would still continue (with the relief distribution) but in another modality,” Cabrera said.
She referred to the cash-for-work and food-for-work programs the DSWD has launched to help Yolanda survivors to stand on their own feet.
She said families with abled and adult members will be obliged to participate in the two assistance programs and will no longer be given relief goods.
Only those “highly-vulnerable” families, meaning those with children, senior citizens and persons with disabilities will be assisted by the DSWD.
“For those that have the capacity to engage in either cash-for-work or food-for-work, we will be assisting them to be able for DSWD to still continue with cash support for them,” said Cabrera.
Cabrera said out of the reported 526, 289 affected population, the DSWD is still providing basic necessities of 273,782 vulnerable families.
As of November 30, the DSWD already distributed 2,322,051 food packs to the affected population.
Additional 42,191 food packs were delivered last December 1.
The DSWD has also distributed 294,314 liters of water and 244,444 packages of high-energy biscuits.(MNS)