PBBM, DSWD Secretary lead financial aid payout in Bataan

March 31, 2023 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 270 views

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., together with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rex Gatchalian, handed over cash assistance and family food packs (FFPs) to the identified beneficiaries in Bataan, during the distribution of various government assistance on Friday, March 31, 2023.

Some 934 individuals received P5,000 each through the Department’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program. The DSWD also distributed 100 FFPs amounting to P777,000, under the Food-for-Work Program.

“Ang inyong inaantay nang husto, ang ating Secretary ng DSWD, Secretary Rex Gatchalian. Siya po ang namamahala dito sa pagbigay natin ng kaunting tulong… Nandito po tayo para tiyakin na maganda naman po ang magiging assistance na ibinibigay ng pamahalaan (The one you are waiting for, our DSWD Secretary, Secretary Rex Gatchalian. He is in charge of this distribution of various government assistance … We are here to make sure that necessary assistance and services are being provided by our government.),” President Marcos Jr. said.

Kadiwa ng Pangulo in Bataan

Secretary Rex Gatchalian also accompanied the President, as the Chief Executive brought the ‘Kadiwa ng Pangulo’ (KNP) to Limay, Bataan.

Around 68 participants, including the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations (SLPAs) and several Centers and Residential Care Facilities (CRCFs) in Region III, joined the presidential caravan aimed at showcasing basic goods and locally-made products which are being sold at cheaper prices to mitigate the effects of inflation.

SLPAs which joined the caravan were: Masagana 4Ps SLPA; Bayan Bayanan SLPA; Saguing SLPA; Torres SLPA; Alion Kapit Bisig SEAK; and Kalipi Seak.

Some of their products include: chicharon; dishwashing liquid; throw pillowcases; brooms; vegetables; cashew products processed into butter; cookies; and beauty products.

Further, CRCFs showcased hand-weaved rugs, crocheted and hand-made crafts, home-baked pastries and cookies, and other household products.

The Kadiwa ng Pangulo is spearheaded by the Office of the President, together with the DSWD, Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Food Authority (NFA), and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).