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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

LIAC approves Code of Policy for shelter assistance to Iligan Sendong survivors

Local Inter-Agency Committee meeting on May 10, 2012
ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (May 11, 2012) - After more than three months of study and discussion, the 18-page "Code of Policy" was approved yesterday in the meeting of the Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC) of Iligan for the shelter assistance for the families affected by Typhoon Sendong.

LIAC is the policy-making body for shelter assistance to Sendong survivors of the city.

The code crafted the qualifications of the beneficiaries to three types of assistance from the government, like Core Shelter Assistance Program, Modified Core Shelter Assistance Program, and Emergency Shelter Assistance Program.

The core shelter assistance is the giving of permanent house in a relocation site to a family that lost their home worth P70,000.00.  The modified core shelter assistance is P50,000 worth of materials for those who want to put up a house in its original place, but outside the "danger zone."  The emergency shelter refers to financial assistance from P5,000 to P10,000 to a family with a partially-damaged house.

The "code of policy" also crafted the prioritization of the transfer of beneficiaries to relocation sites.  

Approved as the first transferees are those temporarily residing in schools, second are those that are in hazardous places like along highways, third are those that are in tent cities, and fourth are those in gymnasiums and last are those that are in temporary shelters.

Also considered are occupant or owner of a house that is destroyed, to be followed by sharer, those that are residing rent free in a home, renter and last are the caretaker.

A special consideration is given to vulnerable groups like pregnant or nursing mothers, persons with disabilities (PWDs), senior citizens, solo parents, household size and child-headed households.  

341 Beneficiaries to be Transferred to Bayanihan Village

The Local Inter-Agency Committee approved Friday the list of the first 341 families that will be given houses at Bayanihan Village at Brgy. Sta. Elena.  This is after the "Code of Policy" for shelter assistance to Sendong survivors was approved in a meeting at the SP Session Hall, which was presided over by the City Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz.

Mayor Cruz is hopeful that the latest development could fast track the Beneficiary Arbitration and Awards Committee (BCSSC) in the preparation for the listing of the next beneficiaries.

However, Mayor Cruz is worried that the transfer of beneficiaries will be hindered over the delay in the payment of the property.

Nonetheless, the Mayor assured that payments will be made as Secretary Butch Abad of the Department of Budget and Management has promised that DBM will pay for the property owned by the National Steel Corporation.

Mayor Cruz made assurances that he will make a follow-up on this in the office of Secretary Abad. (Iligan Web/Melvin T. Angot)

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