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New houses for 50 families

Fifty families in Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental will have new houses this year, with the implementation of the Core Shelter project in Brgy. Igmayaan, a press release from the Department of Social Welfare and Development said yesterday.

The DSWD recently turned over P3.5 million for the construction of 50 housing units to families identified to be living in disaster-prone areas.

Regional director Minda Brigoli of the DSWD6, who led the turnover of checks, said each housing unit costs P70,000. The fund will be managed by the Neighborhood Association of Shelter Assistance whose members are all beneficiaries of the Core Shelter project, the press release said.

The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, Municipal Engineering Office, and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council will monitor the construction of the houses with technical assistance from the DSWD Regional Office.

DSWD implements the Core Shelter project in municipalities with available relocation site and are willing to give counterpart for the site development. It requires 100 percent participation of beneficiaries in the construction of their houses, who could also avail of the Cash for Work program of DSWD, Brigoli added.

The DSWD6 also held a ceremonial turning over of seed capital worth P150,000 to 30 members of the Igmayaan SEA-K Association under the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran, the press release said.

On the same day, 529 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from Brgy. Bunga also received conditional cash grants, and total fund disbursed under the Pantawid Pamilya reached P6.2 million.

Mayor Lawrence Marxlen dela Cruz urged the recipients of DSWD programs to take good care of the assistance given them, and committed his continued support to developmental initiatives in his municipality, the press release added.*




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