By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has transferred some P339 million worth of emergency subsidies to Calapan city and seven other municipalities in the first district of Oriental Mindoro.
Oriental Mindoro 1st district Rep. Paulino Salvador “Doy” Leachon said the P5,000 emergency subsidy for a total of 67,800 low-income families is “completely available” for distribution today, April 9.
“This fund transfer of the social amelioration fund from the national government to the City of Calapan and to seven municipalities of the 1st District of Oriental Mindoro is one of the first and fastest fund transfers in the country,” he said in his Facebook post.
Leachon said there will be immediate house-to-house distribution of the emergency subsidy to his constituents.
Of the P339 million subsidy allocation for the first district of Oriental Mindoro, P116 million has been allocated for Calapan City’s 23,200 beneficiaries, Leachon noted.
Seven municipalities also received their respective Social Amelioration Program (SAP) funds. The breakdown of the fund allocation per municipality is as follows: Puerto Galera, P29 million for 5,800 beneficiaries; San Teodoro, P11 million for 2,200 beneficiaries; Baco, P22 million for 4,400 beneficiaries; Victoria, P37 million for 7,400 beneficiaries; Pola, P23 million for 4,600 beneficiaries; Naujan, P75 Million for 15,000 beneficiaries; and Socorro, P26 million for 5,200 beneficiaries.
Leachon said the DSWD, with the assistance of local government units (LGUs), Philippine National Police (PNP), and barangay officials will lead the distribution of the cash subsidy, which is provided for by Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal As One” Act.
Quoting the DSWD Regional Office, he said those who are not included in the initial cash payout but are qualified will be listed by the social welfare officer for assessment.
Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One” Act mandates that each low-income household shall receive an emergency subsidy ranging from P5,000 to P8,000 per month for two months.