Marcos: Gov't must continue giving ayuda to those in need

At a glance

  • President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has assured the public that the government will continue to give out "ayuda" as impacts of Covid-19 are not totally gone

  • One of his agenda in going to Camarines Sur on Thursday, March 16, was to distribute various government assistance to fisherfolks, farmers, and flood victims

The government will continue to provide assistance to those in need, President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said as he recognized that impacts brought by the Covid-19 pandemic linger.

Marcos stated this when he led the distribution of food packs and cash aid to fisherfolk and victims of flooding in Pili, Camarines Sur on Thursday, March 16.

"Hindi natin masasabi tapos na yung problema sa Covid. Tapos na yung lahat ng naging epekto nung Covid sa ating ekonomiya ay nawala na. Nandiyan pa rin nang kaunti (We cannot say that the problem on Covid is over, its impact on our economy is gone. It's still there)," Marcos said in his speech during the distribution of goods.

"Kaya’t kailangan tuloy-tuloy ang pagbigay namin ng inyong – yung ayuda, yung AICS (Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation), yung TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers), lahat po ‘yan na aming ginagawa (This is why the distribution of assistance like AICS, TUPAD, all of that must continue)," he added.

He told the people of Pili that he personally went there to ensure the continuous distribution of "ayuda" to the beneficiaries.

Aside from food packs, P5000 financial assistance were given to 1000 fisherfolk and victims of flooding.

Livelihood grants worth P10.3 million were handed over to 391 beneficiaries under the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) and P102 million worth of financial assistance to beneficiaries under TUPAD.

Livelihood kits worth P10,000 each were given to beneficiaries under the Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and loan approval for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) worth PhP5.3 million from Small Business Corporation (SBCorp).

Marcos also led the turnover of various farm machinery amounting to P167.2 million to farmers in the province. The equipment included four units walk-behind rice transplanter, five units rice combine harvester and one hauling truck.

Reinforced plastic boats worth P6.3 million were also handed over to various farmer cooperatives associations.