Additional P1,300 for ‘Yolanda’ victims under CCT
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will start distributing cash assistance to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda this December.
However, DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman noted that only households under the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program could avail the assistance. The CCT is the Aquino administration’s flagship human development program that allots cash for members’ health and education.
A fixed emergency cash grant of P1, 300 per household per month will be added on top of the beneficiaries’ CCT cash grants for the months of December this year and January next year.
Soliman said that the DSWD has assessed the households who specifically need financial and food assistance, who will also receive a one-month supply of rice.
The announcement was made after Soliman and WFP Philippines Country Director and Representative Praveen Agrawal signed a memorandum of agreement between the two agencies to provide P260M in cash assistance.
At least 500,000 people from 50 municipalities of Leyte and Samar affected by Yolanda will benefit from the latest program.
“The local economy plays an important role in this recovery and in order to put it back on track, the people need money that they can use to purchase goods – goods that they need in order to survive,” Soliman said.
WFP’s Agrawalsaid their response is centered on three principles: versatility, scale and partnerships.
“We need to provide the right kind of assistance as circumstance change, and at this point in time, our assessments indicate that a combination of cash support and in-kind rice is an effective approach,” she said in a statement.
Soliman said that government will continue assisting the affected families of Yolanda. Earlier, he assured that all affected communities have received relief assistance from the government.