Caraganon families, SCs continue to receive assistance from DSWD amid COVID-19 pandemic
BUTUAN CITY, April 6 (PIA) — Due to the ongoing crisis in the country brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Caraga has constantly been looking after the needs of the poor families and senior citizens in the region.
According to Marko Davey Reyes, regional information officer of DSWD-Caraga, the senior citizens benefit from the Social Pension Program, wherein an amount of P3,000 is allocated for the first semester of this year and is set to be distributed to them.
Apart from that, with the assistance of the local government units and other concerned agencies in the region, the food and non-food essentials are also set to be delivered to the said sector.
“We continue to provide the basic services through our assistance to individuals in crisis situations or AICS, wherein individuals who are in need of help could get the medical, burial assistance, and cash assistance. We have also transportation and food assistance for the most vulnerable sector,” said Reyes.
The senior citizens are glad with the kind of support that the government has provided them.
“The DSWD has greatly helped us by providing us the social pension benefit so I could buy the basic commodities which my family needs,” bared Victoria Nerpio, a senior citizen from Barangay Golden Ribbon, Butuan City.
Meanwhile, Reyes clarified that with the new guidelines, the local government units under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) are the ones being prioritized by the department for the augmentation should they need it for their fellow residents.
He further stressed that the DSWD is ready and prepared to provide the needed augmentation to the LGUs, as the department has already allocated funds for this crisis situation and has prepositioned the food packs for the beneficiaries.
“We have already prepared 7,999 family food packs worth 6,530,183.70. These family food packs have been prepositioned to the different strategic areas within the region,” Reyes added.
For walk-in clients, Reyes bared that they are limiting to 50 clients per day as they strictly observe social distancing in the office’ premises. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)