Indigent Ati family gets more blessings after returning mixed-up cash aid

Published May 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – After a mix up had them receiving more than the benefits they were supposed to receive under the government’s Pantawid ng Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Helen Segura and husband Himben Gregorio promptly gave back the P6,000 they got under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) intended for indigent families affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

The family of Helen Segura and Himben Gregorio. They live in a village for the indigenous Ati people in San Enrique town, Iloilo province. (Robe Jan Ivan Pagulong via Tara Yap / MANILA BULLETIN)
The family of Helen Segura and Himben Gregorio. They live in a village for the indigenous Ati people in San Enrique town, Iloilo province. (Robe Jan Ivan Pagulong via Tara Yap / MANILA BULLETIN)

And for that selfless act, the family of Segura and Gregorio could stand to get more than what they gave up as pledges of donation have started to pile up for the honest yet poor Ati family of Iloilo province.

As of Monday, May 4, the Rotary Club of Iloilo South has already donated money to the family, while the Rotary Club District 3850 will also be giving aid to their entire Ati community.

Donations have been pouring-in through the offices of Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., San Enrique Mayor Trixie Fernandez and Lovely Robles-Estigoy of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Indeed, it was a gesture by the poor Ati family that worth rewarding.

The 34-year-old Helen did not think twice in returning the P6,000 that Himben got as SAP benefits from the San Enrique local government. The mix up was caused by Helen and Himben having different surnames, and the family’s recent transfer from Dingle to San Enrique towns.

As 4Ps beneficiaries, the couple and their children have already received what was rightfully due them under the government’s program to alleviate the plight of those affected by the ECQ due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

And even if they had already used the SAP benefit that Himben got to buy food and other essentials, Helen did not hesitate to borrow money from their village chief just so they could return the P6,000 to the San Enrique municipal government.

 
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