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Solo Parents, PWDs, each get P4,500 in cash aid from Manila LGU

Honey Lacuna and Yul Servo
Mayor Honey Lacuna and Vice Mayor Yul Servo check on the goods inside the Christmas food boxes being given to all families in Manila. (JERRY S. TAN)

GOOD news to solo parents and persons with disability (PWDs) in Manila, numbering a total of more than 45,000.

Mayor Honey Lacuna has ordered the release of their monthly cash assistance wherein she directed social welfare department chief Re Fugoso to personally lead the distribution of the said cash aid.

According to Fugoso, the total recipients of PWD benefits covering Districts 1 to 6 number a total of 29,449 for which the amount of over P87.5 million was distributed. Included in the list are PWDs from Baseco and those who have been left out in the last payout.

The solo parent-beneficiaries, on the other hand, total 15,870 in all, also from Districts 1 to 6 and Baseco. The amount allotted for them reached more than P53.4 million.

Fugoso said each PWD and solo parent received a total of P4,500 each, representing their P500 monthly allowance from January to September 2022.

Yesterday’s distribution was done either in barangay halls or covered courts and began at 8 a.m.

On orders of Lacuna, help desks have also been put up to assist those who may encounter problems regarding their allowances.

The monthly cash aid being given to PWDs and solo parents is part of the city government’s social amelioration program which, according to Lacuna, also includes senior citizens and university students.

Also yesterday, Lacuna and Vice Mayor Yul Servo-Nieto carried out the fifth day of the city government’s Christmas gift-giving, dubbed, ‘Paskong Manileno 2022.’

Distribution of the food boxes containing Noche Buena items and covering 695,000 families in all, began December 1.

Apart from the food boxes meant for all families in Manila, special gift packs have also been prepared for the city’s senior citizens numbering 160,000 in all.

According to Lacuna, all families, whether rich, middle-income or poor, will be receiving a food box whose contents, she said, will ensure that no family in Manila will sleep on an empty stomach and instead, they will be able to eat together in keeping with the holiday tradition.

The mayor’s spokesperson Atty. Princess Abante said that each of the Christmas food boxes contains rice, corned beef, spaghetti noodles and sauce, cheese, milk and fruit cocktail.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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