By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has so far allocated some ₱80 million worth of assistance to displaced residents in Boracay since the island was closed to tourists in April.
DSWD vowed to continue to implement programs such as sustainable livelihood program (SLP), assistance to individuals in crisis situations (AICS), and cash-for-work program to properly address the needs of the residents.
“We continue to do the best we can to assist our countrymen affected by the temporary closure of Boracay to tourists as part of the island’s rehabilitation. Likewise, we continue to coordinate with other concerned government agencies and local government units to fasttrack the provision of needed assistance,” DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo said.
So far, a total of 2,958 residents have received a livelihood grant of ₱15,000 each under the SLP.
Of this number, 1,323 SLP beneficiaries who were part of the first batch received their assistance last May 31, while the second batch numbering to 1,635 beneficiaries comprising the second batch got their assistance on June 23.
For the second batch, 642 came from Barangay Balabag, 333 from Manoc-manoc, and 558 from Yapak.
Also included among the beneficiaries are 45 individuals from the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization, 50 from Malay Sea and Land Haulers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and seven from Caticlan Port Vendors Association.
According to SLP regional program coordinator Mary Ann Masculino, the monitoring of the project implemented from the first batch of SLP beneficiaries is ongoing.
Meanwhile, under AICS, a total of 10,274 individuals were provided with transportation assistance amounting to ₱24.8 million as of June.
On the other hand, a total of 3,924 clients were provided with educational assistance amounting to ₱8.8 million.
DSWD has also provided ₱2.1 million as medical assistance to 694 clients and ₱37,000 to eight clients for burial assistance.
Under its cash-for-work program, DSWD’s field office in Western Visayas hired 1,898 individuals from barangays Balagbag, Manoc-manoc, and Yapak since June 11.