The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in cooperation with the Local Government Unit of San Jose under the administration of Mayor Antonio B. Chavez released its first set of Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) pay-out to 316 Typhoon Nina beneficiaries for Totally Damaged Households on June 28-29, 2017 at San Jose Sports Complex, San Jose, Camarines Sur.

The said government agency has allotted P 30,000 cash assistance to the beneficiaries wherein P5,000 cash was given as initial payment while the remaining P25,000 will be downloaded to the LGU and will be the one in-charge for the release.

Included in the first batch of recipients were 15 barangays namely: Calalahan (35); Catalotoan (8); Danlog (3); Del Carmen (4); Dolo (50); Manzana (33); Palale (19); Sabang (18); San Antonio (28); Sta. Cruz (15); San Vicente (1); Soledad (21); Tagas (10); Tambangan (43); Tominawog (18).

Ms. Vilma Garce, SWO II stressed during the orientation to make sure that the cash assistance must be spent for the repair of their houses since the DSWD will be conducting another validation after the initial pay-out as bases for the final pay-out.

The recipients filled up the DSWD ESA form and submitted a photocopy of their valid ID’s together with the supporting documents as requirements for the release of cash assistance as well as auditing purposes.

According to Mrs. Annalet C. Parra, PDO II some beneficiaries who have encountered minor errors in their names registered will be undergoing revalidation to be conducted by the LGU San Jose Social Worker Officers same as to those who have not yet claimed the cash assistance but were already on the list.

Representatives from the DSWD Regional Office facilitated the pay-out namely: Ms. Marites Quismorio, SWO II; Ms. Vilma Garce, SWO II; Ms. Samantha Ibasco, PDO III; Engr. Andres Bures, PDO II; Rustom Loquinario, AO II.

The rest of the 14 barangays that were not included in the first batch will be scheduled for the next pay-out to be announced by the DSWD Regional Office.

Mayor Chavez in behalf of the LGU San Jose already signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the DSWD for the fund transfer of the remaining cash assistance.