As the entire world knows, Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) badly hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. But 3 years later, many Filipinos are still asking – Where are now the so-called Yolanda funds? This Monday, November 7, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo provides us details and explanation.
On her official Facebook page, DSWD Sec. Taguiwalo posted a video of her talking to Yolanda survivors that day. Therefore, she explained to them the latest status of the Yolanda funds at their agency, and the cash supposedly donated to survivors. Shortly, she posted photos of the supporting documents so netizens can understand her explanation.
According to Sec. Taguiwalo, from November 11, 2013 to June 30, 2016, the agency has already received a total cash donation of P1,165,797,345.13 from local and international donors such as Malaysia and Indonesia. The document showed that DWSD has already spent a total of P1,130,630,704.71, which the DSWD secretary explained where it went.
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Credit: DSWD Sec. Judy M. Taguiwalo Facebook
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With the DSWD having the remaining balance of P35,166,640.42 to help Yolanda survivors, Sec Taguiwalo said that almost 50 percent of the expenses went to Emergency Shelter Assistance (P534 million), followed by the DWSD Transitional Shelters (P189 million), and then by Core Shelters. But apparently, there is an controversial issue here.
This is because DSWD Sec Taguiwalo revealed that out of the target of 3,112 units that were supposed to be built, only 1,107 of them (mostly in Region 6) were completed and 167 (100 in Region 6) are still going. This means that 1,935 units (most of them are in Region 8) have not yet been started at all. And this is equivalent to 62.18% of the total target!!!
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But while both former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and former DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman have not yey commented on, Vice President Leni Robredo admitted also this Monday that bureaucratic red tape has been slowing down the completion of the housing projects for the Yolanda survivors, despite the fact that it has been three long years ago.
According to VP Robredo, who is also the chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), only 29,661 out of the 205,128 housing projects (or 14.4% only) have been finished, as of September 2016, nearly 3 years after Yolanda. She emphasized that the delay of the projects was not because of the construction problems but by documentary requirements.