Monday, May 11, 2020

Army secures emergency cash aid, beneficiaries in Guihulngan

From the Philippine Information Agency (May 11, 2020): Army secures emergency cash aid, beneficiaries in Guihulngan (By Jennifer C. Tilos)

Army soldiers provide security during the cash assistance distribution to maintain peace and order in Guihulngan City. (PIA Negros Oriental/Philippine Army)
NEGROS ORIENTAL, May 11 (PIA) -- The Guihulngan City government has completed its emergency cash subsidy distribution of P90.780 million to all family beneficiaries in 33 barangays in Guihulngan.

During the cash distribution from April 16 to May 9, the troopers from 62nd Infantry (Unifier) Battalion, 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division, Philippine Army through its Operational Control (OPCON) Unit, Alpha Company, 94th Infantry (Mandirigma) Battalion went to different areas in the city to secure and assist in the conduct of social distancing.

Guihulngan City has a total of 15,130 beneficiaries who received the cash assistance under SAP which include 5,654 families who are unconditional cash transfer (UCT) recipients and other 9,476 poorest of the poor families.

Each qualified family received P6,000 cash aid from the government through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

The soldiers joined and assisted the Philippine National Police and the local government of Guihulngan City together with CSWDO in maintaining peace and order during the distribution of the cash subsidy to families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A soldier monitors the wearing of face masks and conduct of physical distancing of SAP recipients in Guihulngan City. (PIA Negros Oriental/Philippine Army)
Distribution of the cash aid is in line with Republic Act 11469 known as “Bayanihan Act to Heal as One” enacted in March 2020 granting the President limited emergency powers to address COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The act grants the President the authority to give low-income families with P5,000 to P8,000 emergency cash aid during the crisis.

Lt. Col. Melvin Flores, commanding officer of 62IB, said the security provided by the soldiers is part of the 62IB transformation effort to collaborate with the partner stakeholders in uplifting the socio-economic conditions in Central Negros.

“In order to protect the people and secure our land, the personnel of 62IB and 94IB are putting their own lives at risk by exposing themselves to possible contamination,” said Flores.

The partnership and collaboration among the concerned agencies ensured the safety and security of the people which led to the successful delivery of cash assistance to the beneficiaries in the city, the army officer said.

It was noted that in other areas of the country, there were reported cases of terrorist attacks by the CPP-NPA on the frontliners to seize goods intended for families in need.

“The 62IB together with LGU/LGAs of Guihulngan City and Guihulgan PNP will continue to serve the people of Negros Oriental to protect the local populace from any barbaric activity of the CPP-NPA terrorists and we will not let any selfish act hamper the government services for the people. Let us not just fight this terrorist but also this pandemic. Our partnership manifests that 'we can win together as one' as 'we heal as one'," said Flores. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)

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