SANTO TOMAS, Davao del Norte (June 17, 2021)—A total of 100 Tomasinos will receive a one-time cash grant of P15, 0000 as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is to release the Livelihood assistance grant (LAG) to the identified beneficiaries here on Thursday, June 17.
“Sa atong paningkamot, naay 100 ka beneficiaries gikan sa 19 barangays ang mudawat karon og P15, 0000 cash isip usa ka livelihood assistance kini pinaagi sa atong pakig-alayon sa DSWD. Dako atong pasalamat kay makatabang ang Santo Tomas LGU sa mga pamilyang naglisod labi na padayon atong pagsagubang aning pandemya,” Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said.
Evangelista said the beneficiaries were identified by the Punong Barangays, especially those who lost their livelihood due to the continuing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Ang mga Punong Barangay na ang nagpili kung kinsa ang mahimong beneficiaries sa ilang baranga. Ang matag barangay naay 5 ka slots na atong gihatag sa ilaha para sila mismo ang mahatag recommendation sa DSWD na mahimong kwalipikadong makadawat sa P15, 0000 na cash assistance,” Evangelista said.
The list of beneficiaries was then submitted to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) and validated by DSWD, according to Evangelista. He added that each recipient can receive up to a maximum of PHP15,000 grant depending on the project and assessment of the livelihood technical working group of the LGU.Help for all Tomasinos.
Meanwhile, Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapina said that upon implementing this LAG program, the families should be the one to identify their means of livelihood.
“Atoang hatagan ang pamilya na sila mismo mag identify kung unsa na livelihood ang ilahang gusto kay sila man ang beneficiary. Kanang P15K na ilang madawat mahimo kanang ‘seed capital’ para sa ilang negosyo na gustong itukod,” Lapina said.
Lapina said that DSWD’s LAG is an outright grant. Still, the beneficiaries have no obligation to pay it back to the DSWD. However, she emphasized that the 100 identified beneficiaries expected to liquidate the money they receive after 40 days to make sure that their grant utilization plan is implemented as planned.
“Kanang P15K kay outright cash grant mana pero wala na silay obligasyon na bayarang ang DSWD. Pero kailang nila i-liquidate ang kwarta na ilang nadawat kay that is a government money and para ma sigurado lang pud sa atong gobyerno na magamit og sakto ang mismong hinabang para sa mga Tomasinong naglisod karong panahuna,” Lapina said.
Lapina added that LAG is one of the government approaches to help families recover and rehabilitate their livelihood and employment, especially those affected by community quarantine imposition due to COVID-19 pandemic.
“Ang Santo Tomas LGU ubos sa Evangelista admin, padayon ang atong paningkamot na makakuha og assistance gikan sa National Government. Ang mga nagkalahi-lahing opisina ubos sa Executive Branch naningkamot na makakuha og mga livelihood and cash assistance para sa mga sector na apektado sa nasinati natong pandemya. Kini tanan ginabuhat nato para sa tanang Tomasino kay nakita nato unsa ang sitwasyon nato karon ug nalipay kita kay positibo ang tubag sa atong mga ginapangayo,” Lapina said.
Lapina thanked OIC-MSDWO Ms. Leilani Rafol for taking the lead in accessing the Livelihood Assistance Grant (LAG), a component of the Social Amelioration Program’s recovery phase.Schedule of PayoutAccording to OIC-MSDWO Ms. Leilani Rafol, LAG was among the emergency subsidy programs implemented by the national government to address the impact of the pandemic as set in Republic Act 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.”
Under the program, those coming from the informal sector with existing enterprises before the health pandemic are provided with financial assistance to help them come up with an alternative project or use it to augment their capital.
Rafol said the payout of LAG cash grant to 100 Tomasino beneficiaries is scheduled today from 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM only at the Pavilion Hall fronting the Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs inside the compound of the Municipal Recreation and Cultural Center.
From 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM, the DSWD will cater to Barangays Tulalian, Balagunan, Bobongon, New Visayas, and Magwawa while beneficiaries from Barangays San Jose, New Katipunan, Talomo, Lunga-og, and Kimamon will be catered from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Beneficiaries from Barangays Esperanza, Salvacion, San Miguel, Casig-ang, Kinamayan will be catered from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM and those from Barangay Tibal-og and Pantaron will be catered from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, according to Rafol. Rafol reminded the beneficiaries to bring their valid IDs and Barangay Certification and must wear face mask and face shield when claiming their P15, 0000 cash assistance.