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DSWD provides livelihood opportunities to Marawi IDPs now in Cebu

A Marawi siege-evacuee beams as she receives her cash assistance in exchange of work that she rendered under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Cash-for-Work (CFW) program. (Photo from DSWD)

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Field Office in Region VII, provided Cash For Work (CFW) to 190 families from Marawi City who evacuated to Cebu following the crisis in their area.

The CFW is a short-term intervention of the DSWD to provide temporary employment to distressed or displaced individuals by participating in preparedness, mitigation, relief, rehabilitation or risk reduction projects and activities in their communities or in evacuation centers. The daily income of the beneficiaries of the program is 75 percent of the prevailing wage rate.

DSWD FO VII allocated P380,000 for the program for Internally-Displaced Individuals (IDPs) and has partnered with the local government unit (LGU) of Cebu for its implementation.

On Tuesday, 164 IDPs received their cash assistance amounting to P2,000 after working for 10 days, from August 23 to September 8, at the Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC). The beneficiaries worked eight hours a day from Monday to Friday for two weeks.

The local government, on the other hand, provided the beneficiaries with free transportation. Throughout the program, the IDPs were ferried to the VDRC located in Mandaue using the the city’s Kaoshiung bus.

The LGU also provided the program participants with their basic needs, including food, water, clothes, and hygiene kits.

Some 264 families and 1,148 individuals from Marawi were recorded to have fled to Cebu during the height of the armed conflict in the city.

The ongoing clash between government forces and terrorist group Maute has so far affected a total of 78,466 families or 359,680 individuals from Marawi and its neighboring municipalities, based on the Disaster Assistance Family Access Cards (DAFAC) of the DSWD. (DSWD-PR)

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