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Ako Bicol Rep. Garbin says gov’t ensured vulnerable sector will get aid amid pandemic

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Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin said that the financial support has been granted to the vulnerable sectors affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to coronavirus disease.

Garbin explained that the Luzon-wide lockdown was implemented in order to flatten the curve and prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.

He said that the Congress ensured that those who lost their jobs due to the lockdown would get help from the government through the enactment of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act which provides for financial assistance to qualified beneficiaries.

As of May 1, three local government units in Albay have received 100% of their share under the social amelioration program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The DSWD has completed the distribution of SAP in Ligao City, Jovellar and Libon towns. Meanwhile, the distribution of funds is 99.66% complete in Sto. Domingo, 99.18% in Oas and 95.01 finished in Tabaco City.

In Tiwi, 94% of SAP has been completed, while it is 92,92% in Polangui and 92.92% in Rap-Rapu. In Guinobatan, 89.98% of funds has been distributed while it is 88.82 in Pio Duran.

In Malinao, 87.96% of residents have received their share while it is 81% in Manito and 78% in Malilipot.

The DSWD is 60.16% complete in Camalig, while it has only finished 31.89% in Daraga. In Legazpi City, Social Welfare and development’s implementation rate is only 26.15%.

Last in the list is the Bacacay town, where only 2.49% of the SAP funds has been distributed to the beneficiaries.

“We owe it to the people. Lalo na sa mga nagugutom asin warang hanapbuhay,” said the Ako Bicol solon.