ICRC’s cash-for-work repair 50 bamboo houses in Bito TS

By : Claire Gigje Mindanao Today/09:20:44pm 09/08/2021


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - Philippines gives the due compensation to 100 IDP beneficiaries at Bahay Pag-asa I in Brgy. Bito Buadi Itowa, Marawi City under their cash-for-work program. (Angelo Dologmandin | PIA-ICIC)

MARAWI CITY – After degenerating due to the change of weather in the city, 50 bamboo houses in Bahay Pag-asa I, a transitory site in Brgy. Bito Buadi Itowa, are now repaired through the initiated cash-for-work project of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)-Philippines.

Josephine Ruaya, ICRC-Philippines Economic Security Field Officer, said the project was realized through the partnership of ICRC's Economic Security (EcoSec) Department which went through the labor cost and the carpentry tools for the repair, and the Water and Habitat (WatHab) Department which provided the materials for the house repair.

She said that a thorough process was taken by the ICRC, specifically, the EcoSec Department, taking into consideration the WatHab Department’s endorsement of the complaints from the residing internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the area.

At that time, the WatHab was in the process of continuing the water system project of the organization in the same transitory shelter.

“We had in the Iligan office multidisciplinary assessments, meetings and recommendations from WatHab, and from our end in EcoSec, we also made assessments. The report from WatHab became our baseline which showed that there is really a need to repair,” she said during the actual payout Monday, September 6.

Accordingly, the repair for the bamboo houses ran for ten days from August 11 to 22 wherein two workers composed of a skilled and an unskilled or the helper coming from each household owner worked on the units as they would be compensated with P400 per day and P300 per day, respectively.

Ruaya said that a one-week preparation was allotted for the payment request that would be submitted to their office in Manila while the office there transacted with Palawan Express Pera Padala, their partner finance service provider.

Transaction codes were directly sent to the individual’s given mobile number while the ICRC verified the identification cards to be presented to ensure that the proof of identification would be acceptable and appropriate.

From the one-stop money shop’s outlets all over the region, IDPs can now claim their due payments which also serve as their short period income during their temporary employment.

“Itong cash for work is a temporary employment for the IDPs in Bito Transitory Shelter. At least mayroon silang mapagkunan ng income,” she said.

With the ICRC’s effort of revamping their temporary units damaged by the weather in the city, IDPs extended their thanks for the big help the project will be contributing.

“[I cannot pay [what they have done]. Thank you so much to the ICRC. That is really the NGO that I am most thankful for,” said Ismael Ali, the camp manager of the transitory site. (CRG | PIA-ICIC)

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