ILOILO CITY, April 5 (PIA6) - - Around 1.8 million poor and low income families or households in Western Visayas will each receive P6,000 from the national government to help them during the implementation of restrictive measures aimed at protecting them from the dreaded corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Out of the 1.8 million target beneficiaries of the government's Social Amelioration Package (SAP) in the region, more than 300,000 Pantawid Pamilya households will stand to benefit from the program, said May Rago Castillo, Information Officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 6.
Other eligible beneficiaries are workers coming from the informal economy and the vulnerable sectors that include senior citizens, persons with disability, pregnant and lactating mothers, solo parents, Indigent Indigenous Peoples, underprivileged, homeless individuals and other members of the vulnerable sectors.
The local social welfare and development offices were tasked to asses beneficiaries identified and listed including farmers and fisherfolks who are not recipients of the SAP of the Department of Agriculture.
In an interview with the Philippine Information Agency VI - Kapihan Regionwide radio program, Castillo said DSWD has already done the necessary coordination regarding the implementation of the SAP to enable beneficiaries to get their financial assistance within the duration of the enhanced community quarantine.
She further explained that the P6,000 financial aid is based on the prevailing minimum wage rate in the region.
For 4Ps beneficiaries, the amount will be a top-up from their cash and rice subsidy.
Castillo called on target beneficiaries to strictly observe the wearing of mask and social distancing being imposed in the availment of the financial assistance to avoid spread of COVID-19 that already claimed the lives of four people in the region, as of April 3.
On March 24, Republic Act 11429 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte that granted him additional powers necessary to address the ongoing COVID-19 situation in the country including the allocation of P200 billion SAP Bayanihan Fund. (lJBG/af/PIA6-Iloilo)