The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in coordination with the Local Government of San Juan, led the disbursement of cash subsidy to qualified beneficiaries of the Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) on November 7 at the Filioil Flying V Center (San Juan Arena).
San Juan City is the first LGU in the country to facilitate the payout under Bayanihan 2.
Mayor Francis Zamora said that San Juan City is very fortunate that its constituents were the first to receive the much needed assistance from the national government.
“We are very grateful that the DSWD, through the DSWD-National Capital Region, has again chosen our indigent families in San Juan to be the first to benefit from the subsidy program. This is a big help to the San Juaneños who are currently facing difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” the mayor said.
DSWD-NCR Director Vicente Gregorio Tomas and Zamora led the distribution of the cash aid to 661 families. DSWD Central Office Director Ferdinand Budeng and Andrew Ambubuyog, and Atty. Bel Zamora, representing Congressman Ronaldo Zamora, joined the distribution.
Among the beneficiaries and the first to receive the Php8,000 subsidy was a 99 years old woman from Barangay Corazon de Jesus.
“Tayo po ang unang-una sa buong Pilipinas na makatatanggap ng payout mula sa Emergency Subsidy Program sa ilalim ng Bayanihan 2, kaya kami ay umaasa na ito ay makakatulong sa inyo, alam naman po natin na ang pandemyang ito ay isang malaking pagsubok sa ating lahat, ang walong libo na inyong matatanggap mula sa DSWD ay malaking karagdagan sa mga naunang ayuda na aming inihandog sa inyo, sana ay gamitin ninyo ito ng wasto sa pangangailangan ng inyong pamilya,”Mayor Zamora told the beneficiaries during his address at the event.
14 waves of food packs given out
“The measures we have implemented in the city, including the food packs distribution and of course the cash aid from our national government and our own local funds have made huge impacts in our fight against the spread of the pandemic. The huge drop in our active cases indicate that we are succeeding. As of November 3, our active cases were down to just 33 from 640 last September 2,” the mayor explained.
“Nais ko rin pong sabihin na as of yesterday, ang ating active cases po ng Covid-19 ay 59 na lamang, noong November 3 ay bumaba na po sa 33, at alam ko po na kung tayo ay mananatiling nagtutulungan at mananatiling dispilinado, kaya nating gawing zero ang active cases dito sa San Juan bago mag-Disyembre”, he affirmed.
The local government has distributed 14 waves of food packs to families in San Juan City since March.
DSWD-NCR Director Vicente Tomas, on the other hand, attributed the San Juan LGU’s commitment to respond to the needs of the constituents and its prompt and constant coordination with the DSWD as some of the factors why San Juan City beneficiaries were the first to benefit from the Bayanihan 2.
“This is the kick-off and the first and it happened in San Juan, dahil sa mabilis, maagap at mapagkalingang pakikipagtulungan at koordinasyon na ginawa natin dito sa City of San Juan. Kitang kita naman dito ngayon which I am proud to show to the IATF, how well we observe the protocols, the social distancing at ang venue ay napaka-convenient sa lahat lalo na sa mga seniors, Tomas said.
“Kitang-kita din po ang pagtutulungan ng mga officials dito sa San Juan headed by Mayor Zamora, yung team spirit ng team San Juan kaya naman as we heard from the Mayor, sa San Juan, almost flattened na ang active cases ng Covid-19,” he added.
The ESP is part of the response and recovery intervention for qualified beneficiaries under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2). (✓)
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