DSWD releases P27M in aid for Boracay residents, workers
AKLAN, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to release government assistance for thousands of residents and workers affected by Boracay's temporary closure.
The DSWD operations center in Boracay released P27,087,490 in transportation, medical, education, and burial assistance for 11,262 recipients under the Aid for Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) last week.
These include P23,503,490 in Balik-Probinsiya assistance for 9,737 clients, and education aid for 1,255 beneficiaries for P2,603,500.
DSWD Field Office 6 Social Worker II Lisa Camacho said livelihood assistance worth P19.620 million for 1,330 beneficiaries was also distributed by the agency to affected Boracay residents and workers.
"Itong P15,000 na maximum assistance for each recipient ay gagamitin sa livelihood nila para madagdagan ang kita nila araw-araw. Ito ay one-time release at may monitoring ang DSWD," she said.
(This P15,000 in maximum assistance for each recipient will be used in their livelihood, to supplement their earnings every day. This is for a one-time release, and there is monitoring by the DSWD.)
The DSWD's budget amounting to P77 million also targets 8,000 cash-for-work beneficiaries with a daily wage of P323.50 for 30 days.
The agency has begun its cash-for-work program this week for 540 individuals from Manoc-manoc, 1,000 from Balabag, and 228 from Yapak, who lost their livelihood after President Rodrigo Duterte placed the 3 barangays under a state of calamity.
The recipients, who are mostly locals, will collect garbage in the wetlands and beaches.
"Magtulung-tulong tayo para mapadali ang rehabilitasyon ng Boracay (Let us help each other to speed up the rehabilitation of Boracay)," Camacho said.
She also clarified that individuals who received livelihood assistance could also get other forms of government aid, such as burial, education, medical, or cash-for-work programs to help ease their plight.
On the other hand, Camacho urged the local government of Malay to coordinate with the DSWD's regional office to provide assistance for displaced workers residing in mainland Malay.
Ongoing, too, is the relief augmentation of food packs of the DSWD in collaboration with local and provincial government units for affected families in Malay. (LOOK: IN PHOTOS: Businesses 'dead' in Boracay) – Rappler.com