Palace: P37.4M spent so far on ZC relief efforts PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 September 2013 11:53

The government has spent P34,378,615 so far in relief efforts alone in Zamboanga City.

This is the total cost of assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the local government units.

On Friday, September 20, day 12 of the Zamboanga conflict between Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels and government troops, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said this amount does not yet include the estimated P3.89 billion it will take for the government to rehabilitate the city.

She also outlined the programs and beneficiaries the P3.89 billion will be focused on, but reiterated that the amount could change depending on the number of families affected, which could also change as long as the crisis is ongoing.

Valte said the government will provide short-term continuing relief assistance to 23,794 affected families for a month, through food packs that will cost P250 per family — which will amount to P178.46 million total.

The government will also fund the Balik-Probinsiya Program, which targets 2,125 families or 10% of the total number of displaced families. The program will pay for their transportation and incidental assistance to return to their provinces. That program — which is estimated to cost 5,000 pesos per family — will cost about P10.63 million.

Educational assistance for teenagers and college students is another part of the budget, with college students making up 18% of the 118,819 people affected by the crisis. The government will provide school supplies, uniforms and other needs of students as they return to school. 21,287 students will receive about P5,000 each or P106.94 million.

The government budget will also cover a 120-day supplementary feeding program that will target 10% of the estimated 2-5 year olds affected by the crisis, and will cost P24.10 million, for 15,446 families.

It will also fund a cash-for-work or cash-for training program for 23,794 affected families for a month. Each family will be allotted P210 — a total of P149,9 million.

Construction of bunkhouses for the 21,252 families whose homes were burned is also part of the budget and will cost P797.25 million while the shelter assistance is pegged at P100,000 per family, or P2.125 billion total.

An additional P212.52 million or P10,000 per family will also be provided as livelihood assistance for families whose house were totally burned or damaged, while operational and adminsitrative expenses are pegged at P285.02 million.

The programs amount to P3.89 billion as estimated by the government. — Natashya Gutierrez/