DSWD, DOLE release P3.47-B for SAP, crisis assistance

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, May 22 (PIA) - - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional offices here have already released a total of P3.47 billion funds for the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) and other assistance for the families affected by the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic.

On the report of DSWD to the Regional Task Force, P3.08 billion fund was already distributed to 561,282 non-Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of SAP regionwide.

As of today, Lucia Alan, assistant regional director, said there was already 96.07 percent accomplishment report on SAP distribution in the region.

She also said the department also gave a total of P19.1 million cash assistance under its regular program for COVID-19-affected families and P5.7 million under their Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).

"For food items distributed, we gave 43,244 family food packs worth P13.2 million pesos to those who were severely affected families by the community quarantine," Alan said.

On the part of DOLE, there was a total of P212.64 million fund released to 48,914 beneficiaries of the Tulong Pangkabuhayan para sa Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) while P110 million was also released for the COVID-19 Adjustment Measure Program (CAMP) to 22,000 beneficiaries.

"These were the individuals who were affected by the lockdown as an effect of the temporary stop operation of majority of the businesses," said Evelyn Ramos, regional director of DOLE 2.

DOLE also reported that there was P26.47 million distributed to 2,647 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were also affected by the pandemic under the AKAP program.

There was also an assistance program for sugarcane farmers dubbed as the Sugar Amelioration Program wherein 556 families were benefited of the P556, 000 total cash grants. (MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)

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