A total of 1,386 families in Boracay have received livelihood assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 6 on Friday.
They were the sixth batch of beneficiaries under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), according to Mary Ann Masculino, regional SLP coordinator of DSWD 6.
Each recipient received P15,000 which they could use for alternative livelihood while the island is closed, Masculino said in an interview with Boracay Informer.
For the sixth batch of recipients, the DSWD has released a total of P20.79 million.
In total, the agency has already released P106.78 million to 7,119 recipients affected by the island’s closure.
The DSWD is targeting more than 10,000 families based on those who were administered with disaster assistance family access cards (DAFAC), considered as the master list of affected families, said Masculino.
She said the agency aims to release livelihood grant to the remaining beneficiaries this month.
Some of the remaining recipients already have proposals while others are under assessment, she added.
She said they also conducted the last day of assessment for qualified SLP beneficiaries this Friday.
Masculino clarified that only those who belong to the informal sector, or those without employers qualify for the livelihood assistance given by the DSWD.
She said the DSWD also conducts monitoring for those who have already received the livelihood grant.