KALIBO, Aklan, Dec. 11 (PIA6) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is setting in place a P5.2 million Cash for Work program for implementation in 50 Typhoon Yolanda-hardest hit municipalities in the region’s 5 provinces – Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Capiz and Negros Occidental.

The Cash for Work Program is one of the rehabilitation strategies of the DSWD to assist victims of Typhoon Yolanda who lost their houses or livelihood due to the onslaught of the super typhoon last November 8.

A total of 2,500 beneficiaries will be hired by the DSWD for the program who will be paid P208.00 per day for 10 days.

Each local government unit will have 50 beneficiaries, according to the DSWD.

As per list provided by DSWD 6 – Aklan has 6 LGU-beneficiaries, Antique, 9; Iloilo, 14; Capiz, 17 and Negros Occidental, 4, or a total of 50 municipalities.

For Aklan, LGU beneficiaries include Balete, Libacao, Altavas, Banga, Batan and Kalibo.

During her visit to Aklan together with DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and DND Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman told Aklan officials especially municipal mayors present that beneficiaries for the Cash For Work Program could be tasked to clear agricultural lands for planting of fast-growing crops, or could be applicable depending on the need, like repairing of bancas so fishermen whose bancas were destroyed during the typhoon could go back to fishing.

In Aklan, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) final report revealed that the damage cost incurred by the agriculture sector from Typhoon Yolanda reached P1,010,980,016.57.

Total cost of damage to agriculture, infrastructure, lifelines and public utilities reached P2,672,085,913.57.

On the other hand, the number of Aklanons who perished due to the typhoon reached 14. (JSC/VGV-PIA6 Aklan)

Press/Photo release/s from Philippine Information Agency-Aklan