TUBIGON, Bohol – It would be the second Christmas and more than a year since earthquake hit this town, but the survivors are still reeling from its impacts. Aids, financial or otherwise, for earthquake survivors are slow in coming and they seemed do not understand why, according to some victims here who crowded at their new found home near the cemetery in barangay Ubojan in this town. And the wait for financial assistance as promised by the government may not be over yet but it’s too long for the Israel family in this town to expect. Elvira “Bebie” Israel lamented over government’s promise of financial aid to her niece who lost her right arm and dislocated her pelvic bone due to the earthquake.
She said that she heard from report that P-Noy announced a financial help to the survivors of the tremor. The report, she said, was to provide financial assistance in the amounts of PhP5,000 for survivors and PhP10,000 for those who lost their relatives. This prompted her to file claim and complied with the requirements which were already submitted to appropriate agency. She said that the provincial government has forwarded the same to Cebu’s Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It has been almost three months but seemed no notice if ever it is approved or really be given to them, she said. As things now going on, she doubts if the said help would ever come.
In barangay Ubojan, this town, some 83 families are already residing in their new homes made of light materials amounted to PhP30,000 plus courtesy of International Organization for Migration (IOM), Carmela Gonzaga, a barbecue venture said in an interview. Joselie Anabisa, 39, one of the residents here, said that they have undergone skills training for them to land a job and earn incomes for their respective families. Anabisa with husband Armando, 39 and five children, said they are also waiting for some livelihood as promised to keep them afloat but nothing has come yet. But despite this they wanted to spend the Christmas with their respective families and to keep smiling unlike before during the first Yuletide after the earthquake, Gonzaga said.