I. Program Overview

Emergency Shelter Assistance is meant to assist family victims of disaster to acquire decent shelters. It is made available to family-victims whose houses were totally or partially destroyed by either natural or human induced disasters. To address the immediate needs of these households with damaged houses, and help them transition to early recovery stage, the Field Office is directed to implement the Emergency Shelter Assistance. While reconstructing the damaged shelters remains a challenge and requires a long-term plan and funding, a short-term intervention is necessary to mitigate their further exposure to vulnerabilities and respond to their immediate needs other than food and non-food items.

II. Projects/Services/Activities/Modalities

  1. Direct cash pay-out;
  2. Direct check pay-out;
  3. Tap-up with Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) cash card holders; and
  4. Mobilize existing and available service providers like Palawan, Cebuana, GCash, among others.

III. Target beneficiaries

General Qualifications:

  1. House owner with either totally or partially damaged house;
  2. Not recipient of any shelter assistance from other government agencies, non-government organizations, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.
  3. Families included in the LGU master list based on the issued DSWD-Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC).

IV. Eligibility Requirements

Damage Classification:

  1. Partially damaged house – livable with reusable shelter materials and/or with the following existing/remaining features based on its original structure:
    • Footing/foundation;
    • Posts/columns;
    • Floor beams/supports;
    • Walling beams/supports; and,
    • Roof beams/supports.
  2. Totally-damaged house – entirely destroyed and unfit for habitation or without any of the structural features indicated on the partially damaged house.

V. Documentary Requirements

  • Beneficiaries:
    1. Accomplished ESA Application Form which shall serve as the basis for the master listing;
    2. Barangay Certification on the classification of damage, either partially or totally damaged houses;
    3. Photocopy of ID (any Government issued ID); and
    4. Certificate of Indigency.
  • City/Municipal Local Government Units
    1. Disaster Report;
    2. Project Proposal;
    3. Administered ESA Application Form certified and validated by the Local Social Welfare and Development Officer or any authorized local government official, reviewed and concurred by the FO through city/municipal links; and
    4. Master list of beneficiaries prepared by C/MSWDO and approved by the Local Chief Executive (LCE).

VI. Contact Person/s

Social Welfare Officer IV / OIC – Chief, Disaster Response Management Division
(072) 687-8000 local 208

VII. Legal Bases

  1. Republic Act 10121, otherwise known as the “The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010”,
  2. Republic Act of 7160 called the “Local Government Code of 1991”;
  3. DSWD Administrative Order No. 17 series 2010 or the “omnibus Guidelines on Shelter Assistance”;
  4. DSWD Administrative Order No. 15, series of 2008 or the Guidelines for the Implementation of Cash-for-Work project on the provision of temporary employment to distressed families affected by the disasters through engaging in preparedness, mitigation, relief and rehabilitation activities in exchange for cash;
  5. DSWD Memorandum Circular 19, series of 2018 on the implementation of Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for typhoon “Ompong-affected families with damaged houses; and,
  6. NDRRMC Memorandum No. 97, series of 2020, cascading the agreements during the NDRRMC Full Council Meeting.