TACLOBAN CITY- Failure to liquidate was the reason cited why several government workers have yet to receive the financial assistance promised to them in the aftermath of super typhoon “Yolanda.”
This was disclosed by Evelyn Clarin, head of the regional Presidential Management Staff (PMS) during the meeting of the Development Administration Committee of the Regional Development Council (RDC) on Wednesday, March 14.
Clarin said that for the first release of the financial assistance, 13 government agencies failed to liquidate and 27 others only managed to “partially liquidate.”
Because of this incomplete liquidation by the agencies, the release of the assistance is being hampered, Clarin added.
The RDC, during the meeting, has asked for the release of the financial assistance to the intended government workers who have yet to receive it, more than three years after the onslaught of Yolanda.
About 48,955 employees were identified as beneficiaries of the financial assistance for the first tranche of the financial assistance.
At least P 315.63 million were released during the period of December 2015.
For the second batch, 15, 687 employees from the Department of Education received the financial assistance coming from the President’s Social Fund (PSF), amounting to P631.26 million.
To date, the DepEd has not completed the liquidation documents even for the first tranche, Clarin said.
For the third batch, about 9,091 employees coming from 29 government agencies have yet to receive the much-expected assistance.
For the third tranche, P 447.730 million is supposed to be release to the employees as their assistance.
To recall, in 2015, the previous administration approved the allocation of P 2. 89 billion from the PSF for release to 64,642 national government employees in two batches whose houses were damaged by Yolanda and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Regions 6 and 7.
Government employees affected by Yolanda and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake including casual or contractual employees and outsourced personnel who were endorsed to the PMS by respective head of agencies are covered to receive such financial assistance.
Employees with totally damaged houses were to receive P100,000 and P30,000 for those partially damaged.