November 12, 2014
Church-based NGO assures transparent spending for ‘Yolanda’ rehab efforts
“Transparent reporting is always ensured at Caritas Philippines.”
These are the strong words exclaimed by National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) /Caritas Philippines Executive Secretary Fr. Edu Gariguez during a press conference recently held at the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Conference Hall in the commemoration of the first anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
According to Fr. Gariguez, transparent and honest spending is practiced in all levels from the national down to the diocesan social action centers which is done by regular financial monitoring and evaluation of programs.
He added that at the end of each quarter, auditors and evaluators from international auditing companies would also do comprehensive reviews of financial spending.
For the first year alone, the budget for the rehabilitation of the survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda is pegged at EUR 9.7 million (P563 million). As of the end of September this year, the total amount of money already spent for the reconstruction and rehabilitation is at EUR 3.6 million.
The funding came from 41Caritas Internationalis members across six continents, who immediately responded to the emergency appeal to the Philippines following the aftermath of the Super Typhoon.
Meanwhile, Fr. Gariguez also called on the government to be ready to disclose the financial situation of the projects for those who were affected by ‘Yolanda.’
“The government should also employ double accountability not only to donor organizations but to the beneficiaries as well,” the priest added.
He could not also help but be dismayed by the alleged slow government and highly politicized response to the typhoon survivors.
“We understand there are government restrictions but letting the survivors wait for this long is injustice already,” Gariguez said.
Under the #REACHPhilippines program, NASSA-Caritas Philippines will be reaching to 130 communities or 141,112 families in typhoon-battered areas by the end of March next year.
The beneficiaries were selected among the poorest of the poor and the least served by the government and other non-government organizations b.
The rehabilitation efforts are comprised by six sectors namely: shelter, food security and livelihood, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), DRR (disaster risk reduction), community organizing and ecosystem recovery.
Jing Rey Henderson
Senior Communications Officer
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