ANGELES CITY – Some 70 indigent residents in this highly-urbanized city receive their livelihood cash assistance from the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), Monday at the city hall.
The cash assistance amounting to P5,000 per beneficiary is part of the city’s implementation of the sustainable livelihood program (SLP) which aims to provide entrepreneurial and employment opportunities to its beneficiaries.
The doling out of the livelihood financial assistance is also part of the government’s implementation of social protection programs to fight the increasing incidence of poverty in the country with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at the helm.
“These financial aid are a great help to the Angeleños especially those who would want to start their own businesses and continue a decent living,” said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
“We have been keen in providing what is necessary to uplift the socio-economic status of our constituents in the city. We extend our deepest thanks to the DSWD for their continuous support to the local government and the people of our city,” said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
Social Welfare Officer Joy Duaso said that the recipients are just the first batch of the 200 targeted beneficiaries under the city’s SLP. The amount, which will also help sustain their existing businesses, is to be paid for 10 months to 1 year without interest.
“The CSWDO is mandated to oversee and implement various social protection programs for the city's underprivileged sector. The SLP will help maximize the labor skills of our poor households by providing them access to basic social services and the like,” said Duaso.
The remaining 130 beneficiaries will receive their cash assistance any time soon.
Just recently, the CSWDO also distributed social pensions amounting to P1.4 million to a total of 859 elderlies in the city. This is in line with the DSWD’s provision of social pension to indigent senior citizens in the country.