A total of 1,770 flood victims and 2,081 “poorest” of the poor in EB Magalona received cash assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development in a ceremony held at the Wilkinson Social Court in the town yesterday morning.
The DSWD gave P875 to each of the flood victims from 12 out of the 23 barangays in EB Magalona, an EB Magalona press release said.
Fernando Alabado, project development officer of the DSWD Extension Office in Bacolod, said the beneficiaries were those flooded in January and March this year.
Aside from the flood victims, 2,081 families from 18 villages also in EB Magalona availed of cash assistance under the Cash-for-Work Program of the same agency.
There are two sets of beneficiaries – those who worked in their respective barangay for five days at a rate of P175 per day; and those who worked for 11 days at a rate of P233 per day, the press release said.
Those in the first set received P875 each, while those in the second set got P2,563 each.
Mayor David Lacson said the selection of beneficiaries under the CWP was totally free of politics.
“It’s the National Household Targeting System that conducted the national surveys months ago that recommended the list of beneficiaries in town for this CWP of DSWD,” Lacson said.*