In line with NEDA-CAR’s function to monitor project implementation in the region, NEDA Regional Director Milagros Rimando visited Bauko, Mountain Province on May 6, and discussed the status of the DSWD’s Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP) with Mayor Abraham Akilit and the Neighborhood Association for Shelter Assistance (NASA), the organization of the project’s beneficiaries, represented by Gabriel Pocais.
CSAP aims to grant indigent families who have been residing in hazardous areas classified by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the DENR, as well as those who may have been afflicted by previous natural disasters.
There are 355 units for the said project site in Otucan, Bauko, which was cited by the MGB as the sinking area in 2011. Two hundred of which were already done and were turned over to the beneficiaries. Sixty five families have already occupied their respective units. Moreover, electricity from MOPRECO is delivered to 35 families. The abandoned water spring rehabilitated by NASA in 2012 now distributes water to the houses.
On a lighter note, the beneficiaries say they feel safe and are not worried to sleep even if there is a typhoon. DSWD noted that there is a strong bayanihan of the families in the site. They also preside in meetings.
The families also undergo social preparation through meetings, election of officers, and organization of committees. They also deposit into the account of NASA. If the beneficiaries incur violations for not attending meetings, not joining bayanihan, being late as well as drinking liquors, penalty is collected and the money goes to the budget for the pipeline.
by Christine Mamuyac, SPCAR