BORACAY ISLAND (May 11) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development has already provided a total of PhP15,017,500 financial assistance to residents and workers affected by the Boracay closure as of 5:00 P.M. of May 10.
“The fund released has served a total of 6,227 beneficiaries as transportation assistance, as well as medical, burial and education assistance,” said Rebecca P. Geamala, regional director.
Formal workers availing of the transportation assistance is meanwhile decreasing, Geamala said.
The assessment, verification and releasing of financial assistance for the affected residents and displaced workers is continuously done at the DSWD operation center at Faith Village in Station 3.
Apart from the financial assistance, DSWD has also continued to conduct the profiling of beneficiaries for its livelihood assistance fund in the three barangays of Boracay.
Once profiling is done, implementation of livelihood for eligible beneficiaries is targeted to be started within this month.
Continued profiling of beneficiaries for livelihood assistance is also being conducted at the DSWD Operation Center.
For its sustainable livelihood program in Boracay, the agency has allocated PhP280 million.
The administration of the Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC) in the three Boracay barangays has also been completed with a total of 9,193 households profiled.
Cash for work
The DSWD has also started to gather applicants for its Cash for Work Program. The agency is targeting to hire at least 8,000 individuals.
Under the program, each worker will receive PhP323.50 daily wage that will last for 30 days.
Those who will be hired under the cash for work program will cover labor work such as digging, desilting of canals and drainage, planting of trees, demolition of illegal structure, clearing of debris, garbage collection, installation of support facilities, hauling of food and non-food items and alike; and technical or office work such as assist enumeration/profiling, preparation of report, among others.
Identification of potential displaced persons and individuals to do technical or office work is ongoing.