Tinglayan, Kalinga – Displaced and facing difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, two families in Tinglayan can now start a new life with the assistance of the national government.
It was during the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 when a lot of people were left with no choice but to get back to their provinces, leaving behind their jobs in the city due to various restrictions implemented.
This adversity did not spare the families of Lealyne Bayawoc who are now in Ambato, Tinglayan, and Oliver Boacon’s family who are now living in Lower Bangad.
With the social welfare department’s Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2) Program, the two families will now have the chance to a ‘wide array of opportunities, along with employment, industrialization, and improved quality of services.’
BP2 Program, according to DSWD, is the agency's contribution to the government’s overall goal of providing hope for a better future for Filipinos.
The program provides various forms of assistance that contribute to the decongestion of urban communities through the equitable distribution of wealth and resources and the provision of social services in rural areas.
Through this program, individuals or families who decided to settle in their original hometown are given assistance to start a new life.
Also, the program provides support to people and families who opt to live in their hometown of origin to begin a new life.
On Wednesday, Bayawoc and Boacon received a total amount of P91,500 at the Mayor’s office from Tinglayan’s Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.
Bayawoc received from the said office P41,500 while Boacon got P50,000 during the awarding ceremony led by DSWD-CAR Regional Director Amelyn Cabrera.
Bayawoc was given the chance to speak during the awarding ceremony and narrated how hard life was when COVID-19 hit the country while they were staying in Zambales.
“Our stay in Zambales had been hard on us and it is only now that I’ve felt the support of the government… I’m truly grateful for this program, for KALAHI and MSWD office for their support to my family,” says Bayawoc.
In a statement, Mayor Sacrament Gumilab conveyed his gratitude to the department for including some of his constituents as one of the program’s recipients.
He also advised the recipients to utilize the financial assistance for its prescribed purpose.
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