ILOILO – Although he was not directly involved in the process, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. has started to intervene in the increasing complaints of irregularities about the distribution of Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) in this province.
For the past three months, close to a thousand residents from San Enrique, Dingle, Mina and San Dionisio, who claimed eligible to receive the aid, sought the assistance of the governor.
The angry typhoon survivors complained that they were delisted from the original list of beneficiaries due to political reasons and others alleged that some of those who received the assistance first do not deserve it.
The growing the number of complaints moved the governor to urged the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Western Visayas to conduct a thorough investigation.
DSWD-6 must hold a revalidation through a house-to-house visit to determine if there is truth to each of the complaints, he said.
If proven qualified based on Memorandum Circular 24, DSWD has no reason to deprive the family-victims of the aid which should have been released a year ago, he stressed.
MC24, which is currently being questioned by militant groups for being too restrictive, is a guideline issued by DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman on the implementation of ESA. (see eligibility enumerated below)
ESA provides P30,000 per family whose houses are totally destroyed while P10,000 for those whose houses are partially damaged.
The aid can be released in cash or in the form of construction materials, dependent on the situation favorable to the beneficiaries.
So far, DSWD-6 released a total of P5.8-billion ESA for a total of 319,006 family-victims of Yolanda in Western Visayas. Of the number, Iloilo towns got P1.6-billion.
First to receive were the 8,079 families from Carles (P242.3-million) followed by those from Ajuy, Concepcion, Lambunao, Sara, Alimodian, Cabatuan, San Rafael and Estancia. JAN