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Friday, December 30, 2011

P242.13 Million for Sendong Victims in Iligan City

by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY NEWS - Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman handed over to City Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz a cheque amounting P 242.130 million on her recent visit here.

The amount is intended for some 3,459 families whose houses were totally devastated in the wake of the tropical storm Sendong that hit Iligan City.

In a meeting with the members of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC), Soliman said the local government shall identify a resettlement site that shall be constructed with an 80-square meter lot area-standard for a core shelter per one family.

Out of this amount released, the Department has allotted P70,000 per core shelter, having one room and a toilet. The city may have a counterpart for the construction by soliciting non-government organizations or other groups willing to do it through adopt-a-shelter program.

“We make sure that they are safe from danger areas, and the site shall have access road and potable water, to include other site development, that make settlers comfortable to live,” said Soliman.

Soliman added, "We should not allow these families to go back to where the tragic incident occurred," as she reiterated the statement of President Benigno S. Aquino III during his visit in Iligan.

Relative to the disposition of logs which were swept downward at barangays severely hit by the tropical storm, the Secretary said there are 879 pieces of logs found which can be used for building construction of shelter, and Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to secure the logs in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources DENR), to undergo due process through a Deed of Donation, and shall turn it over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

In her statement, Soliman said that despite some social workers were also affected of the disaster, they have done in the best of their ability to perform the mission of DSWD on its relief and response/early recovery and rehabilitation stage, and serve the affected families here.


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