January 31, 2023

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) plans to roll out various programs to assist the vulnerable sector, particularly workers who were displaced due to the implementation of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

Among the programs identified by the CSWDO is the provision of transportation assistance under a “Balik Probinsya” setup targeting about 5,000 stranded workers and students as beneficiaries.

The CSWDO projects a funding of P5 million for the program, which is set for implementation after the ECQ is lifted by May 16 and will be stretched up to June.

Also in the pipeline is the livelihood assistance grant for at least 15,000 displaced informal workers, solo parents, drivers, vendors, tourist guides, caddie boys, and waiters.

The project is set to be rolled out May 16 to July with a funding requirement of P225M.

Another project is the sustainable livelihood program, which targets to benefit 10,000 individuals, solo parents, and families.

The program will cost about P20M to provide livelihood trainings to vulnerable individuals and families.

Another project being firmed up is the livelihood assistance to 5,000 families and solo parents engaging in small scale industry. The project requires a budget of P25M.

The food/cash for work program will be continued to cater to about 5,000 displaced informal workers specifically drivers, vendors, tourist guides, caddies, and waiters. A budget of P30M is being set aside for this project. – Jessa Mardy P. Samidan