LIVELIHOOD AID. A representative from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Negros Oriental hands over a livelihood package to a beneficiary of the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program of the government in this undated photo. The CBSP is a program that aims to provide assistance to families of military troops and police personnel who are either killed or wounded in the line of duty. (Photo courtesy of DTI-Negros Oriental)

DUMAGUETE CITY – The government’s Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) has benefited the families of 42 military and police personnel in Negros Oriental who were either killed or wounded in action.

Krystle Jade Bato, information officer of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Negros Oriental, told the Philippine News Agency on Wednesday that the agency handed out livelihood kits to the beneficiaries in 2019, 2020, and 2022.

The CBSP beneficiaries for 2019 who each received PHP6,000 worth of Negosyo kits include four soldiers/paramilitary who were killed in action (KIA), and four personnel who were killed in police operations (KIPO), Bato said.

In 2020, those who received PHP10,000 worth of livelihood kits each were 20 military troops wounded in action (WIA); seven wounded in police operations (WIPO); one KIA; and four KIPO.

This year, the families of two KIAs were granted PHP8,000 worth of Negosyo kits each.

The DTI-Negros Oriental was not able to distribute these livelihood kits in 2021 as the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) were prioritized amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Bato said.

“The CBSP beneficiaries received Negosyo Kits as part of the government’s efforts to take care of the troops and police personnel who are either wounded or killed in the line of duty,” she said.

Executive Order 110 tasks the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of National Defense to jointly lead in the implementation of the CBSP, she added.

The DTI is just one of the many agencies that take part in the CBSP, a program that was rolled out in line with former President Rodrigo Duterte’s vow to take care of the families of military and police personnel who are either killed or wounded in action or police operations.

Bato said the amount of each Negosyo kit varies based on program funds although it is uniform throughout Region 7. (PNA)