ESA beneficiaries in Naga City receive aid

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) had the second batch of the distribution of Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) to the remaining beneficiaries in Naga City, October 23, 2018, simultaneous with other Local Government Units (LGUs).

A total of thirty (30) families from the Barangays of Abella, Bagumbayan Sur, Balatas, Carolina, Concepcion Grande, Lerma, Panicuason, San Isidro, and Sta. Cruz, who were listed as beneficiaries with “Totally Damaged Houses” as caused by Typhoon Nina that hit the city last 2016, were given the shelter assistance.

The beneficiaries already received the shelter assistance of P 5,000.00 that were distributed early on. However, they were not included yet in the first distribution of the P 25,000.00 worth of ESA.

Annabel Vargas, the head of the Naga City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), said that series of validation had to be conducted by the DSWD to ensure the correctness of the names of families who enlisted. Other listing of beneficiaries were also submitted late at the DSWD—causing further delay.

Last April, a total of 923 family-beneficiaries with “Totally Damaged Houses” in Naga City were already given with the ESA.

Meanwhile, the ESA for the 7, 247 beneficiaries with “Partially Damaged Houses” from Naga City will soon be distributed also, upon notice from the provincial office of the DSWD who will spearhead the said distribution. (By Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO)