Yolanda victims asked to sign receipts for cash they never received

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Soliman With Yolanda Victim Signing Book

Victims of typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban have been told to sign their names on a list of Emergency Shelter Assistance beneficiaries, even though they received no help.

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It is also reported that officials in Alangalang, Leyte, have been asking people to sign documentation saying they received up to 30,000 peso assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The officials demanding the signatures are telling them that by signing the roster it would speed up the release of funds from municipal government.

Under the Emergency Shelter Assistance program, victims in Tacloban, Leyte and Samar are to be given 10,000 pesos for houses partially damaged by the storm, and 30,000 for houses that were totally destroyed.

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Government officials say they have already released some seven billion pesos out of the eight billion fund. Officials say that by September the remaining money will be handed out.

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