Legarda assures Antique folk of aid

Loren Legarda
Loren Legarda

DEPUTY Speaker and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda assured her constituents of “overflowing” assistance amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to Legarda, aside from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) AICS and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) TUPAD Program are still responding to cater to the needs of the Antiqueños amid Covid-19 crisis.

The AICS or Assistance to Crisis in Individual Situation is intended for medical, burial, transportation, and medical assistance. Due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine brought by Covid-19, financial assistance can be given under other forms of assistance such as person under monitoring (PUM) or person under investigation (PUI);  lost of income or opportunity, including those who are not able to get SAP.

A total of P38 million is given to the province.

AICS assistance was first distributed from March 13 to April 16 to 2,115 PUM/PUI beneficiaries in different municipalities in the province, amounting to P6.345 million.

For the second batch of AICS distribution, 200 slots were given to Libertad, which were distributed last April 20; 200 slots were also given to Laua-an which were distributed last April 22; and 400 slots were given to Caluya which will be distributed on April 28.

Each LGU was given 200 slots, except for Pandan and Caluya with 400 slots for AICS. A total of P3.445 million AICS for the 1st and 2nd batch of AICS will be distributed to those in need and those who are not covered by the SAP.

Legarda also added 200 slots for the islands of Mararison, Batbatan, and Maningning in Culasi.

Meanwhile, a P41.4-million fund for DOLE TUPAD Program is allotted in Antique with a total of 9,892 beneficiaries in the province. These will include families of frontliners, families of PUM/PUI, 700 sacadas who did not receive assistance through the SAP, requests from various groups received by the District Office, and 6,000 displaced workers from MSMEs in Antique that will not be covered by DOLE COVID-19 Adjustment Measurement Program or DOLE CAMP.

“We will provide all the assistance needed by my kasimanwa amid this crisis. I encourage everyone to help each other emotionally and psychologically. We will win this battle if we help one another,” Legarda said.