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Bayanihan funds reach EV, Bicol

MORE than P500 million cash assistance have been distributed by DSWD under the Bayanihan 2 law. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF DSWD

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Eastern Visayas (EV) has released a total of P6.76 million for 1,352 pandemic-hit families.

Vina Aquino, DSWD regional information officer, said 1,169 beneficiaries were from Samar, 55 from Leyte, 16 from Southern Leyte and 112 from Biliran, all affected by lockdowns that qualified them as beneficiaries of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2.

The beneficiaries were low-income families belonging to the informal sector in villages, sub-villages and streets that were placed under granular lockdowns, or those considered as critical zones, to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Other recipients were those excluded from the first tranche of DSWD’s Social Amelioration Program. Beneficiaries will increase in the coming days when payout resumes.

Each family received P5,000.

To date, DSWD has disbursed P83.1 million to 14,603 beneficiaries affected by granular lockdowns and P352.7 million to 50,236 others.

In the Bicol Region, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) noted an increase in applicants after the expansion of the coverage of the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).

Johanna Vi Gasga, DoLE-Bicol spokesperson, said Advisory 30-A mandated the inclusion of freelance workers or independent contractors whose employments were severed or suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also get P5,000 each.

“In the past days, we were disqualifying those who already received cash aid under Bayanihan 1 last April. With this recent advisory, we will include them in CAMP but slots are on a first-come, first-served basis,” Gasga was quoted by the Philippine News Agency.

CAMP-DoLE is targeting 30,023 beneficiaries from various fields of work; CAMP-tourism, 12,788 workers; and CAMP-education, 725 displaced workers from public and private schools.

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