Cotabato City (July 27, 2018) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DSWD-ARMM) will be releasing on Friday, July 27, cash grants to 1,615 internally displaced persons (IDPs) under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from barangays Busbus and Walled City in Jolo,Sulu.
The beneficiaries were displaced after a fire burned thousands of homes in the two barangays on Tuesday, July 24. The beneficiaries will receive the grants including P2,000 each under the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program of the government.
The UCT is a measure to protect residents classified under the no-income sectors who will not benefit from lower income taxes but will be adversely affected by the increase of prices due to the implementation of the imposition of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law.
Atty. Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary and concurrent DSWD regional secretary, said the cash grants would be given immediately to those affected by the fire. “What little we can do to alleviate their suffering should be of top most priority now. The extra amount from the UCT will go a long way for the IDPs,” Alamia said.
The 1,325 beneficiaries from Busbus and 290 from Walled City in Jolo will receive a total of P16,484,400 in cash grants. Daycare and elementary school children will receive P300 each while P500 will be given to every high school student displaced by the fire. Pregnant women who have to undergo prenatal checkups will also be given P500 each for health allowance.
The DSWD-ARMM situation report shows that about 30,000 IDPs are still displaced and temporarily seeking shelter at the five evacuation centers in Sulu. The ARMM government, together with the Office of the President, is firm in providing support and assistance to the IDPs.
On Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte himself will be visiting the IDPs and will be present during the release of cash grants.
SOURCE: (Bureau of Public Information)
July 27, 2018 @ 12:58