The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through the Disaster Response Management Group (DRMG), with the support of the World Bank (WB), will launch on Monday April 18 the operations manual for the implementation of emergency cash transfer during disasters.
The unveiling of the operations manual will take place at the Malasakit Building of DSWD Central Office in Quezon City.
According to DSWD, Emergency Cash Transfer or ECT is “an adaptive strategy aimed at bridging the gaps between immediate disaster relief, humanitarian response and early recovery support through the provision of unconditional cash to victims. disasters and emergencies requiring action”.
Additionally, the ECT program reduces the financial and administrative costs of DSWD in delivering various food and non-food items to the affected areas and population.
It also minimizes security risks for staff and logistical requirements, as it uses financial service providers to make digital payments.
Similarly, the program complements existing disaster support by empowering affected vulnerable families to decide on their own needs using available local resources, thereby supporting the rapid recovery of local markets and accelerating the return to normal of internally displaced persons or IDPs.
Under DSWD Memorandum Circular No. 17, Series of 2019 or Guidelines for the Implementation of Disaster Emergency Cash Transfer, the launch of the ECT Program Operations Manual is a key development milestone programs, projects and strategies to respond appropriately to the growing and changing needs of victims of disasters and calamities.
It will also serve as a guide for implementers in managing the implementation of ECT with the aim of ensuring that its beneficiaries achieve immediate normality.
The launch of the Operations Manual is expected to be attended by DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, DSWD-Disaster Response Management Group Undersecretary Felicismo C. Budiongan, DSWD Deputy Secretary Rodolfo M. Encabo, Executive Director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Ricardo B. Jalad, Senior Economist Yoonyoung (Yoon) Cho of the World Bank, Humanitarian Country Team Cash Task Force, other UN agencies, donors and International organisations.
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