DSWD provides P28.3-M relief aid, P327.7-M livelihood assistance in NCR+

Published April 22, 2021, 10:52 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided more than P28.3 million worth of relief aid and more than P327.7 million worth of livelihood assistance in the National Capital Region (NCR)-plus. 

The DSWD reported that it has distributed 8,964 family food packs (FFPs) amounting to more than P28.3 million as part of its relief augmentation support to the local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.

The agency said it “worked closely with LGUs to ensure a well-coordinated response for the provision of food assistance to residents” in areas placed under the enhanced community quarantine  (ECQ) from March 29 to April 4. 

Meanwhile, it disclosed that so far,  29,304 beneficiaries benefited from the agency’s Livelihood Assistance Grant (LAG). The LAG was implemented through the agency’s the Sustainable Livelihood Program pursuant to the implementation of the Republic Act No. 11494 or the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act”, popularly known as the Bayanihan 2.

“As of April 17, more than P327.7 million worth of LAG aid was provided to 29,304 beneficiaries in the NCR+ bubble,” it said. 

 LAG is one of the recovery and rehabilitation programs of the government to serve families whose livelihoods were affected due to the imposition of quarantine measures amid the health crisis.

Under LAG, qualified beneficiaries, which include households with low-income or whose small business has been affected by the pandemic, are provided with financial assistance.

“The Department is also continuously coordinating with concerned LGUs to guarantee the sufficiency of social protection assistance to residents in the NCR+ areas,” the DSWD said.