5.1K families in Central Luzon get livelihood aid

By Zorayda Tecson

December 23, 2020, 5:27 pm

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – At least 5,125 families in Central Luzon have received livelihood assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The aid is under the DSWD’s Livelihood Assistance Grants (LAG), a form of financial assistance granted to families whose livelihoods were affected by the community quarantine due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

DSWD regional director Marites Maristela said on Wednesday the program beneficiaries who mostly came from marginalized informal sectors received the assistance in separate pay-out rites.

“Ang LAG ay isa sa mga recovery and rehabilitation programs ng pamahalaan na may pangunahing layunin na magsilbing tugon para sa mga pamilyang kabilang sa low income o informal sector na nawalan ng pagkakakitaan o kabuhayan dulot ng community quarantine (The LAG is one of the government's recovery and rehabilitation programs with the primary goal of responding for the families belonging to the low income or informal sector who have lost income or livelihood due to community quarantine),” Maristela said in official social media account.

A total of 1,619 qualified families from Pandi, Bulacan received their financial assistance of PHP15,000 during the payout held on Tuesday.

Earlier, some 1,384 families in San Miguel, San Ildefonso, San Rafael, Baliuag, Bustos, Guiguinto, Bocaue, Meycauayan City, and City of San Jose Del Monte, all in Bulacan also received the same assistance.

In Zambales, some 714 families also received LAG last Dec. 18.

In Nueva Ecija, LAG beneficiaries numbered to some 1,092.

Another 316 families from Pampanga also received the same assistance.

“The local government units identified the LAG beneficiaries. They were the families whose livelihoods or jobs were hit hard by the pandemic and are willing to reopen or continue with their livelihood ventures,” Maristela said. (PNA)