Even if they are also in need, 43 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera Administrative Region (DSWD-CAR) voluntarily shared a portion of their emergency subsidy cash assistance received under the Social Amelioration Program.

The 4Ps beneficiaries received an additional amount of PhP 4,150 and allotted some to be shared in kind by purchasing food items for their fellow poor affected families in Tabaan Sur, Tuba, Benguet.

“After receiving our grants, we thought of sharing it to our family neighbors who are also affected of the COVID-19. We hope that the food packs will help them,” said Grace Abance, a 4Ps beneficiary in Tabaan Sur.

The said 4Ps beneficiaries contributed P100 each to buy food items like flour with baking powder, instant coffee, noodles, bath soap, and detergent bar roughly enough to form 25 family food packs worth P250.

According to Abance, they did not include rice in their relief packs since their barangay local government unit has been providing rice and canned goods to their affected constituents.

The group also coordinated with the barangay council for the list of most affected families as a basis for their distribution.

Abance urged her fellow beneficiaries to spend the cash grants for their family’s needs and not for their wants.

“To our fellow beneficiaries, let us use our cash grant for our needs at home, please do not use it for to buy liquor and other vices like gambling,” Abance said.

In barangay Taba-an Sur, 67 active household beneficiaries are being monitored.

There are 10,966 beneficiaries in the province of Benguet who already received their Emergency Cash Assistance under the SAP-ESP.

The 59,396 beneficiaries in CAR already received P326-million under SAP-ESP.

Regular grant amounting to a maximum of PhP 1,350 per household is expected to be released within the quarter. (Marlo Abyado, Jr., DSWD-CAR)

Top photo: Grace Abance, a 4Ps beneficiary shares food items to her fellow poor affected families in in Tabaan Sur, Tuba, Benguet. (DSWD-CAR)