DSWD Bicol started distributing ESA and Cash-for-Work in Albay
Albay– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 5 started the distribution of cash assistance under Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) and Cash-for-Work (CFW) Program for another batch of beneficiaries in the province of Albay. Identified beneficiaries were those with totally damaged houses due to super typhoon Rolly. There are 13,814 ESA and 15,044 CFW beneficiaries being catered by the agency in the province alone. Meanwhile, ESA and CFW distribution already commenced in Camarines Sur. In total, there are 33,365 ESA and 34,595 CFW beneficiaries to receive cash assistance in both provinces.
Each ESA beneficiary will receive PhP 10,000.00 while CFW beneficiaries will receive PhP 3, 100.00 each. The amount of cash assistance under CFW is based on the Regional Daily Wage Rate (PhP 310.00/day) multiplied by 10 days. Currently, the agency hired encoders to check and encode ESA forms in the system for payroll generation.
ESA and CFW Accomplishments
After the onslaught of STY Rolly in November 2020, the DSWD distributed cash assistance under ESA and CFW in the provinces of Albay and Catanduanes for families with totally damaged houses. The distribution for the first batch of beneficiaries started in December 2020 and lasted until January 2021 to cater to beneficiaries with unclaimed ESA and CFW benefits.
Starting June 16, 2021, the agency through the Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD), disbursed a total of PhP 9,820,000.00 under ESA (7.11% accomplishment) and PhP 3,044,200.00 (6.53% accomplishment) under CFW for 982 beneficiaries in the province of Albay. In Camarines Sur, there were 1,093 beneficiaries served for both ESA and CFW. Under ESA, PhP 10,930,000.00 (5.59% accomplishment) were disbursed while PhP 3,388,300.00 (5.59% accomplishment) were distributed under CFW.
DSWD in disaster recovery
The Bicol Region was hit by super typhoon Rolly in 2020, the year’s strongest typhoon. It affected 561,916 families with 2,411,850 individuals, left 300,103 partially damaged and 67,180 totally damaged houses, and caused 24 deaths, 27 individuals injured, and 4 missing.
Both ESA and CFW are early recovery programs of the agency. These programs aim to provide assistance to disaster survivors to help them cope with the impacts of disasters. Moreover, ESA and CFW intend to reduce post-disaster risks by providing shelter to families with damaged houses.