TANAUAN, Leyte- Families from the seven coastal villages of this town received financial assistance from the national government in the amount of P30,000. The financial assistance was divided into P20,000 wherein the beneficiaries were given vouchers for them to get their construction materials and P10,000 cash. Mayor Pelagio “Pel” Tecson said that the residents of the seven villages, namely, Bislig, Cabuynan, Sto. Nino, San Roque, Calogcog, Solano and Bangon, were not able to receive construction materials distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) last December, 2013.

This is the reason why, the town mayor said, they received higher amount of assistance compare to those received earlier by the residents coming from the 47 barangays of Tanauan, one of the hard-hit areas in Leyte due to supertyphoon Yolanda. Under the set-up, those who received the P30,000 assistance, P20,000 will be redeemed by the beneficiaries to an accredited hardware or suppliers where they are to buy their construction materials.

The owners of the accredited hardware or supplier are mandated to offer the lowest price of the needed construction materials. The beneficiaries are free to choose where they could get their supplies from the accredited constructed materials within Tanauan. “Every household that are qualified to receive the assistance will receive P20,000 worth of voucher for the GI sheets and additional P10,000 as cash assistance for additional materials and for the labor of repair” Tecson said. He, however, clarified that all the 12,000 households of the town’s 54 villages would received the P10,000 financial assistance. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)