center_img PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary MOST READ Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSWDO’s Senajon said barangay leaders who will go to the Capitol to ask for food aid will be directed to their municipal authorities beginning today.“We will discourage them from coming here because we will not give anymore. Instead, they should go directly to the mayor so that they’ll be given work and provided financial assistance,” she said.Aside from the growing complacency of some residents, Magpale said there were enough relief goods distributed to the different towns, especially with the outpouring of aid from foreign as well as local donors.“The municipalities are well stocked with relief goods now. The total of what we gave plus the aid from organizations and private individuals — it’s too much already,” she told reporters.“Now, the mayors want to clean up and they want to do it through a ‘Food for Work’ program. As long as we start doling out more aid, it will not be successful.”The vice governor said a number of towns already started a ‘Food for Work’ program to provide a temporary source of income for residents who lost their livelihood.Participants who help clean up typhoon debris left by Yolanda will receive a daily wage.“Somebody has to help cleaning up because the work cannot be done only by local government employees,” she said.The ‘Food for Work’ program scheme was originally used by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to help calamity victims cope with their losses.The Capitol’s move dovetails with the national government’s plan to shift to rehabilitation and recovery. Rama wants Cebu city to adopt affected towns Nemia Antipala, assistant regional director of the DSWD, said the national government will start focusing on providing shelter to people affected by the calamity after two weeks of making sure they have food to eat.“We are now planning how to respond to the shelter needs of the people,” she said.She said social workers and debriefers who fanned out to areas affected by the storm reported that people now desire to rebuild their houses.“They’re expressing their desire to recover,” Antipala said.The provincial government already purchased construction materials for distribution to people who lost their homes.Vice Governor Magpale said they will start distributing nails, galvanized iron roofing sheets and wood today.She earlier called on the private sector to donate construction materials for the typhoon victims. Over 700,000 houses were destroyed or heavily damaged by the supertyphoon.PSWDO’s Senajon said the provincial government is willing to pick up donations of construction materials and deliver them to towns chosen by donors.She said municipal authorities were tasked to assess who among the affected residents will be given priority in the distribution of construction materials.“Here in the level of the province, we are dependent on reports of the LGUs down the line and they will be the ones to assess,” she said. View commentslast_img