Hundreds of 2016 typhoon Nina victims did not receive financial help in Tigaon, Camarines Sur, but still hoping | BICOL TODAY

Hundreds of 2016 typhoon Nina victims did not receive financial help in Tigaon, Camarines Sur, but still hoping

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By Joey Natividad

TIGAON, Camarines Sur – More than two years after, many residents here, whose houses were totally destroyed by supertyphoon Nina in December 2016, have not received assistance from the government, and despite several follow-ups with the local government and the local social welfare unit, the typhoon victims were repeatedly advised to “just wait and we are also waiting the assistance from upstairs.”

About a hundred households here have not yet received government assistance of Php 30,000 supposed to be provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as form of reparation for their “totally damaged houses” brought about by Typhoon Nina on December 26, 2016.

On December 26, 2016, a day after Christmas, supertyphoon Nina, packing winds of 240 kilometers/hour, ravaged the province, destroying thousands of houses and toppling down trees and power lines.

A DSWD partial report in Tigaon, three days after the typhoon, said about 6,000 houses were either “partially damaged” and/or “totally destroyed”.

On January, 2017, fact-finding missions from DSWD units had investigated and determined the number of houses, falling under the category of either “partially damaged” or “totally damaged”.

For “totally damaged” houses, DSWD had allocated Php 30,000 assistance for each destroyed houses, wherein the first tranche, Php 5,000 were given to the typhoon victims in 2017, and the remaining balance of Php 25,000 were given out in 2018.

For “partially damaged” houses, the families were given Php 10,000, sometime in 2018.

But, several families in barangays Casuna, San Miguel, San Antonio and other villages had complained that they have not received the remaining balance of Php 25,000, while about 85% of the households had received their assistance in 2018.

Several of them have visited the local DSWD, but staffers had told them the “office is still waiting the fund assistance from the regional or national office.”

Until now, the victims are still waiting for their Php 25,000 government assistance. []

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