BALILIHAN, Bohol – Where is help is the cry of Christina “Neneng” Coles, 54, a housewife of barangay Haguilanan Grande of this town, but she’s still hoping for it to come soon from the government as promised. In an exclusive interview, Coles, whose husband, Felix Coles, 60 suffered a stroke and now jobless, lamented that after the inspection and photos taken by social welfare office of her partially damaged house by the earthquake, no help came in.
It has been more than a year but no help came so that they can repair their kitchen and other parts of her house, Coles, who is a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or known as 4Ps, a poverty-reduction intervention launched by Department of Social Welfare and Devleopment (DSWD), said.
She said that she had already sought assistance from barangay officials led by barangay chairman Ian Canabe but only to be told to check in the list of the municipal hall. And she did but only to find out that her family was not in the list to be extended by assistance. She said in Visayan that she doesn’t know if they would still receive the assistance. She and her daughter-in-law Ritchel Coles, 22 bringing with her son, came to DyTR yesterday to seek any help they can muster.
The younger (Ritchel) Coles bared that they’re now in woes following the arrest of her husband, Crisanto Coles, 25, for alleged illegal drugs peddling. Her husband was arrested last year but he was just being used by a noted drug pusher in nearby barangay Cantomembo and he’s still languishing in jail, she said.
“Neneng” said that what they wanted are just few roofing materials and plywood for their kitchen mainly and other parts of their house.
She also learned that some 80 beneficiaries listed in said barangay, some 17 families did not receive any promised help and still waiting for it. (rvo)