Around 27,756 families from seven municipalities in Iloilo province got monetary assistance on Wednesday (August 4, 2021), according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Region VI (DSWD VI).
As of noontime, 7,503 families from the municipalities of Anilao, 1,451 from Barotac Nuevo, 735 from Bingawan, 10,047 from Maasin, 6,768 from Mina, 567 from New Lucena, and 685 families from Tubungan had benefited from the Special Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), which was intended for families living in areas under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). The ECQ went into effect on July 16 and will last until August 7, 2021.
According to the DSWD VI Planning Unit, the total amount released was P86 million.
“We are glad that the local government units responded with vigor and immediately started the payout. The people need the money to buy food. We have to act really quick,” said regional director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre in a press statement.
The Special AICS targeted 665,561 families in the province and city of Iloilo, with each individual receiving P1,000 and a family of four receiving P4,000.
It specifically covers eligible Social Amelioration Program (SAP) beneficiaries; waitlisted SAP beneficiaries; individuals from vulnerable groups, such as individuals living alone, senior citizens, or Persons with Disability (PWD); and other individuals and families whose employment and livelihood have been impacted by the ECQ, including those who have become stranded as a result of it.
“The target beneficiaries shall be limited only to the individuals or families who, at the time of the declaration of the ECQ, are physically residing, either permanently or temporarily, or who are still found in the province, city, or municipality under ECQ,” the statement added.
In a follow-up interview, May R. Castillo, DSWD communication officer, indicated that the cash distribution began on July 31 and that local government units (LGUs) are scheduled to finish the distribution in 15 days from the time the funds were transferred.
She noted that the funds were transferred to LGUs on July 29-30, and they are certain that the LGUs would be able to meet the target distribution period.
Those whose names were not included in the list can file an appeal with their local government’s Grievance and Appeals Committee.