Financial assistance

Blacks receive $1.5 billion in financial aid

THE CITY OF BACOLOD: A total of 1.5 billion pesos in the form of various aids has been released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Western Visayas.

The data showed that DSWD provided 6,555,818 pesos in food and non-food aid to victims of Tropical Storm “Paeng” in Negros Occidental.

Paeng destroyed 130 homes and damaged 1,191, and affected 175,199 residents of the province.

The DSWD provides assistance of 5,000 pesos for destroyed houses and 3,000 pesos for damaged houses.

However, the allocation for Negros Occidental has not yet been released as the DSWD had already started releasing housing assistance in Panay, which was the most affected by Paeng in the Western Visayas.

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The DSWD also helped 75,290 inhabitants of Negros Occidental victims of typhoon “Odette” with 276 million pesos.

The agency has also released 11,810,747 pesos to help those affected by the recent armed conflict between government soldiers and rebel forces in the town of Himamaylan.

The aid provided consisted of family food parcels, hygiene kits, sleeping kits and financial assistance to the 3,313 most affected residents, according to the data.

The local government of Himamaylan city has also released aid of 4,284,480 pesos.

A total of 26,272 residents of Barangay Carabalan, Cabadiangan 3 and Poblacion in the Himamaylan and Barangay Biao in Binalbagan were affected.

The DSWD also provided 80,776,500 pesos in social pensions to 53,851 indigent elderly people in Negros Occidental in the first three quarters of this year, according to data from the DSWD regional office.

It disbursed 558,328,500 pesos to 131,923 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) program from February to March and 581,397,900 pesos to 133,179 beneficiaries from April to May, said Emile Octavio, provincial 4Ps link.

Payments to 20 beneficiaries in Bacolod have been suspended because they have pledged their 4Ps cards, which is not allowed by the guidelines.