Open windows: Iligan’s long wait for aid

Sendong survivors from Iligan wait months to be paid their wages through the government's Windows of Opportunity cash-for-work program. The program is meant to be one of DSWD's quick response measures to immediately aid victims who have lost everything to disaster.

ILIGAN CITY, North Mindanao – It took three months after Typhoon Sendong ravaged Iligan for the local government to distribute its promised cash-for-work wages. Immediately after the storm, the Department of Scoial Welfare and Development offered victims the opportunity for aid in exchange for ten days of labor. DSWD appeals for understanding, and claimed technical failures and a lack of communications and manpower. P215 a day for ten days may be below the regional minimum wage, but for families who have lost everything, the roughly P2000 is the difference between starvation and survival. Direction and cinematography by Kiri Dalena. Writing and editing by Patricia Evangelista. –