Cebu gets P9M for temp jobs

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

CEBU CITY -- Temporary jobs for overseas workers’ families and a new, three-classroom building are among the latest forms of help being offered to survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in Cebu Province.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) turned over Friday a P9.084-million check to the Cebu Provincial Government. It will pay for a cash-for-work program intended for the families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were affected when the typhoon struck last Nov. 8.

In another development, six months since the calamity, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) and three non-government groups signed an agreement to build a three-classroom building in Maya National High School in Daanbantayan town.


The building, worth P3.45 million, will be funded by RAFI in partnership with Let’s Help Philippines; Christ Leather Fashion and the Pesch family and their friends; and Action Calligaro-Muller family.

There were 15 towns and a city in northern Cebu that were badly hit by the typhoon last November. In the Visayas, at least 6,293 persons died and 28,689 were injured, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

6 towns first

In the same report, the council said that the typhoon destroyed P19.5 billion worth of infrastructure and P20.2 billion in crops and agricultural equipment.

Owwa Central Visayas Director Wilfreda Misterio handed yesterday to Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III the P9,084,060 check for the first tranche of the P50-million budget for the cash-for-work aid program.

Davide received the check in the presence of Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, Provincial Treasurer Emmanuel Guial and Owwa personnel. He said the provincial treasurer will transfer the money to the LGUs.

The LGUs included in the first batch are Daanbantayan, Pilar, Poro, Sogod, Tabuelan and Tudela.

There are 1,852 OFWs listed from the six LGUs. Daanbantayan has the highest number of workers, at 1,542.

Recovery woes
RECOVERY WOES. More than 100 families in the island-barangay of Hilantagaan, Bantayan remain in temporary shelters as they do not have enough funds to rebuild their homes and housing assistance from the National Government has yet to be released. (Sun.Star Cebu file photo/Alex Badayos)

2T beneficiaries

Earlier, the Owwa board of trustees approved a P50-million budget for the cash-for-work assistance program in the typhoon- affected areas.

Owwa recorded 2,107 qualified beneficiaries out of more than 6,000 applicants in northern Cebu.

The beneficiaries are family members of the OFWs who were active members of Owwa as of Nov. 8, 2013, when typhoon Yolanda struck.

Last March, the Capitol, through Davide, signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Owwa Administrator Carmelita Dimzon for the purpose.

Owwa will provide temporary employment for a minimum of 15 days and maximum of 30 days to the qualified beneficiaries. The LGU will identify what their jobs will be in each area.

For married OFWs, the qualified beneficiary will be a spouse or a child of legal age.

In case the OFW is single, his or her parent or sibling may avail themselves of the program.

They will receive a minimum daily wage of P327 plus insurance coverage. Owwa allotted P64,680 for the accident insurance premium of the first batch.

92-year-old worker

In an interview, Misterio said the oldest beneficiary is 92 years old from Daanbantayan.

The first batch will start working on Monday.

The next tranche will be released before the end of the month.

Misterio earlier said there will be 4,500 to 5,000 beneficiaries of the program in Cebu Province.

Also Friday, RAFI and three other NGOs vowed to help the high school in Barangay Maya, which was badly hit by the typhoon.

They signed a MOA that aims to build the Bagong Lipunan classroom building, a disaster-resilient building, in the barangay.

Romy Ronquillo, director of RAFI, said a survey was done and Maya National High School was chosen as the beneficiary.

Since the earthquake and typhoon Yolanda hit the Province in the last quarter of 2013, RAFI and Aboitiz Foundation Inc. launched this program of rebuilding schools and day care centers, he said.

Private help

“We really believe that something has to be done. We also know that government is short of funds. They cannot possibly handle everything that’s required,” he said.

Christophe Calligaro of the Calligaro-Mueller family said they have also extended help like food, medicine and construction materials in Barangay Lamintak in Medellin and in the Province of Leyte.

Calligaro said he has been staying here for two years.

Calligaro-Mueller donated P600,000 as their share of the costs of building the classrooms.

On behalf of Maya National High School, Marcelo Manatad, guidance counselor, thanked the donors. He said the new building will be a big help so they will be able to resume their regular classes when the new school year starts.

The construction of the building started last May 1 and is expected to be completed at the end of July. (FMG of Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 11, 2014.

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