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678K poor families in Bicol get P5,000 cash aid from DSWD

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LEGAZPI CITY – A total of 678,372 poor families in Bicol received the P5,000 emergency subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

In an interview on Monday, Arnel Garcia, DSWD-Bicol regional director, said 111 out of 114 local government units (LGUs) have been distributing the cash subsidy to qualified poor families.

“To achieve the target of 1.1 million poor families of the SAP here in the Bicol, we are in constant coordination with the LGUs by providing them technical assistance along its implementation,” he said.

Garcia said that as of April 27, a total of 319,374 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and 358,998 non-4Ps families belonging to the informal sector received their cash assistance.

“The non-4Ps families are those families (that are) members of the vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors such as senior citizens, persons with disability (PWDs), overseas Filipinos (OFs) in distress, pregnant and lactating women, solo parents, indigent Indigenous Peoples, homeless citizens and informal economy workers, who have been greatly affected by the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine,” he said.

Garcia said DSWD personnel are deployed in different LGUs for the implementation of the program.

The SAP is a mitigation measure under Republic Act 11469 also known as the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” for the poor families who have lost their livelihood under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

In Bicol Region, 1,146,914 poor families are expected to receive the cash assistance — 374,627 are 4Ps beneficiaries and 772,287 are non-4Ps qualified families. –PNA)