Even after a couple of weeks the residents of Itogon Municipality continue to face uncertainty brought about by Typhoon Ompong. They cannot go back to their livelihood given that small scale mining activities were put on a halt by DENR, and some areas were declared uninhabitable.
To address this issue, the Philippine Government requested further support from the World Food Programme (WFP) to assist 3,258 affected households who were identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Each of the households were given ten days worth of wages amounting to P3,200 pesos, to augment their urgent need for food and livelihood.
Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI), the implementing partner of the World Food Programme was tasked to conduct SCOPE registration for the cash out. WFP uses the SCOPE Platform, a web-based application, to facilitate and ensure direct cash transfer to the beneficiary.
A five-day beneficiary registration, manned by 20 enumerators hired by JVOFI, was set up to cater to the 3,258 households. Despite the narrow, steep and winding roads the enumerators carried on their mission to register the beneficiaries and enable them to claim their payouts.
Alice Follosco, WFP Team Leader, instructed the beneficiaries on how to claim their pay out through Western Union and sternly reminded the beneficiaries that the full amount of P3,200 pesos is for the intended household beneficiary only; no individual or institution should take a percentage from it. In cases of abuse or they were reminded to get in touch with WFP hotline. She also advised the beneficiaries to use the money wisely and to use the payout for nutritious food for their children.
WFP also gave cash payout in Baggao, Cagayan where Typhoon Ompong made a land fall and has caused extensive damage.