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P19 million for poor

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 7 released nearly P19 million in cash grants yesterday to more than a thousand families from two towns in Negros Oriental, a Philippine Information Agency press release said.

The grants are being distributed by DSWD for poverty-stricken families under the government's poverty reduction program called Pantawid Pamilya program.

The cash grants were released through Land Bank of the Philippines and GLOBE Remit-Gcash to 6,310 recipients in Guihulngan and 4,455 in Mabinay.

DSWD regional director, Evelyn Macapobre, led the ceremonial CCT pay-out together with Rep. Jocelyn Limkaiching (Neg. Or., 1st District) in Guihulngan, and Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2nd District) in Mabinay.

The cash distribution took place after the first ceremonial cash pay-out held earlier for 1,058 4Ps beneficiaries from 10 barangays in Zamboanguita, the press release said.

DSWD recently partnered with Globe Telecommunications to tap its cash remittance services for an easier and hassle-free distribution of the cash grants.

The 2Ps is the government's poverty reduction strategy that provides a cash grant for five years to beneficiaries at around P6,000 a year, of which P500 is intended for health and nutritional expenses for each household recipient per month while P300 for the monthly educational expenses of each child.

DSWD is eyeing a total of 57,000 beneficiaries in the province.

There are currently 17 LGUs from the three political districts in the province benefitting from 2Ps, the press release added.*



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