July 16, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in collaboration with the Office of Rep. Maximo Dalog, Jr., distributed the first payout to beneficiaries of the Ayuda sa Kapos ang Kita Program (AKAP) on June 4 at the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) auditorium.

A total of 687 mi-nimum wage earners from Bontoc, Saba-ngan, Sadanga, Besao, and Sagada received an incentive of P3,000 each.

Among the recipients, 281 are from Bontoc, Mountain Province.

The AKAP is a government effort to provide relief to those affected by economic hardships even if they are working in government.

In his welcome message, Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr. expressed his gratitude on behalf of the beneficiaries to President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., House Speaker Martin Romualdez and DSWD Sec. Rex Gatchalian for their initiative.

The mayor also lauded Dalog and his team for seeking ways to support not just the people of Bontoc, but the entire province.

He urged the beneficiaries to make the most of the financial assistance they were receiving.

“Do not waste this opportunity on unnecessary things. Use it instead, to create lasting memories that will remind you that your government is committed to helping its people,” Tudlong said.

To qualify as a beneficiary under AKAP, an individual must belong to the low-income category, such as those whose income does not exceed the statutory minimum wage, according to the Memorandum Cicurlar. 4 signed by the Gatchalian on Feb. 26.

Those who are already receiving regular assistance from DSWD and indigent senior citizens are disqualified. – Shannon Anthea S. Paga-duan