BACOLOD CITY, April 5 (PIA6) -- Some 103,658 low-income families in Bacolod City will benefit from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the national government under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The amount for the Bacolod City's beneficiaries P1.2-billion as determined by DSWD, which excludes the 4Ps beneficiaries who already have their own separate funding assistance, and those families who are covered by the social amelioration packages of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
The funding grant, to be released by the DSWD for distribution, is set at P6,000 per month per qualified family for two months, one in April and one in May, as mandated by Republic Act11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
DSWD6 Assistant Regional Director Delia Villa-Bagolcol briefed Bacolod City mayor Evelio Leonardia and all governors and mayors in Western Visayas on the grant guidelines via teleconference April 1.
Meanwhile, Leonardia, together with Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, DILG-Bacolod City Director Ma. Joy Maredith Madayag, DSSD-Bacolod Head Pacita Tero, Administrative Officer Federico Guanzon Jr, Executive Assistant Butch Soliguen, and Sally Abelarde of DSSD-Bacolod, also conducted meetings with Punong Barangays, April 2, to inform them of their roles and duties under this program.
Leonardia ordered the Punong Barangays to submit their final listing of the beneficiary-families on April 7.
"We will strictly implement the distribution of this social amelioration assistance according to DSWD guidelines, rules and procedures," he said.
Target beneficiaries are Informal Economy Workers, specifically those directly hired or occasional workers (labandera); subcontracted workers; homeworkers (family enterprise making crafts, delicacies); house helpers and family drivers; drivers of pedicab, tricycle, PUJs, PUVs, PUBs, taxi, and transport network companies' registered vehicles; transport network vehicle service drivers (grab drivers).
Also included are micro-entrepreneurs and producers; operators of sari-sari stores (asset size less land is less than P100K and has employees less than 5); family enterprise owners (carinderia owners, fruit/vegetable vendors, RTW); sub-minimum wage earners (dishwashers or helpers in carinderias); farmers - not 4Ps and not covered by the DA's Social Amelioration Package; employees affected by "no work, no pay," and stranded workers.
Pacita Tero, head of DSSD-Bacolod, said that those who are not covered by this amelioration program of the DSWD can access help either from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) or the Department of Agriculture (DA).
President Duterte had earlier announced that the government has set aside P275 billion to help low-income families across the country affected by the COVID-19 crisis. *(LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)