Placer, Surigao del Norte- The Philippine Army’s 30th Infantry Python Battalion (30IB) assisted Surigao City LGU release Cash Assistance under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) from April 11-13, 2020 to qualified families of eleven Island barangays of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.
Surigao City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) headed by Ms. Gloria Salvador, facilitated the release of the SAP cash assistance amounting to P5,000 to P8,000 to 1,008 qualified beneficiaries from eleven island barangays of Surigao City on 11-13 April 2020. The SAP cash assistance distribution to the rest of the barangays of the City will be done thereafter. Said activity was assisted by 30IB together with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP).
This social amelioration program from the national government aims to provide cash assistance to qualified beneficiaries to help them mitigate the effects of the dreadful Corona Virus Disease 19 (Covid-19) pandemic. Target beneficiaries of the SAP are low-income earning families or those on subsistence economy or workers in the informal economy, and with members belonging to the vulnerable sector, assessed to be the most affected by the declaration of Enhanced Community Quarantine given their existing life situations or circumstances.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey A Villarosa, Commanding Officer of 30IB said, “Our government, from the national to the barangay level, are closely working so that help will timely reach the rightful beneficiries, those who are most affected by this Covid-19 pandemic. As for the SAP, the Social Welfare and Development Officers are the focal persons in its implementation. To ensure the success of the distribution of cash assistance, your AFP and PNP, as well as other government agencies, will always jointly work with the Social Welfare personnel of the LGUs.”
“It is everyone’s desire to keep our province, our communities Covid19-free. As we speak, Surigao del Norte and the Province of Dinagat Islands are Covid19-free. Let us keep it this way. Our government is doing all it can to end this health emergency. SAP is among the programs of our government to help us endure this emergency. It is important that all will contribute so that we will finally end this emergency. With everyone’s cooperation, we will heal as one,” Villarosa ended.
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