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By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern Leyte)
November 9, 2007

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte  –  The Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has revealed here Thursday some significant events during the scheduled visit of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today in Borongan, Eastern Samar, at least as far as her office is concerned.

Leticia Corillo, Regional OIC of DSWD – who was here in the city Thursday morning as Guest during the awarding of capital funds for the 266 beneficiaries of the Self Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program – said that in Borongan she will also be doing the same distribution of livelihood assistance.

A two-day poverty summit was conducted in Borongan yesterday and will end today, and during the culmination program President Arroyo will be there to grace the occasion, Corillo added.

In a fact sheet given to local media right after the SEA-K awarding ceremony at the Abgao Covered Court, this city, it was learned that the DSWD Regional field office “is taking the opportunity (of PGMA’s Borongan visit) to award the three major rehabilitation efforts of the department to the family victims of Typhoon Seniang.”

One of the rehab efforts was the Core Shelter Assistance Project amounting to P1.4 million at P70,000 per unit/beneficiary, to be awarded to twenty beneficiaries in the municipality of Salcedo in Eastern Samar.

Another major event will be the awarding of cash for work in the amount of P757,000 to the Local Chief Executives of the five affected municipalities, the amount intended for the repair of day-care centers in the towns of Borongan, Lawaan, Salcedo, Gen. MacArthur, and Guiuan.

Seed capital to SEA-K beneficiaries, the amount totaling P295,000, shall be awarded to the President of five (5) SEA-K groups, and this will be given to groups based in Guiuan, Balangiga, Borongan, and Mercedes towns.

All in all the total amount to be released for the three rehabilitation activities cited above was P2.27 million.