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Zambo City gives cash aid to affected sectors amid pandemic

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov 25 (PIA) -- The Zamboanga City government continues the roll out of financial assistance through the Local Social Amelioration Program (LSAP) to sectors and groups that were hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Within the week, the city had distributed cash aid to three sectors - elders, farmers, and fisher folks; who believed to be greatly affected by the health crisis.

The city have distributed financial aid to 3,469 elderlies as well as cash incentives for octogenarians (80-89 years old) and nonagenarians (90-99 years old) pursuant to City Ordinance 539, during rites simultaneously in 14 barangays here in the west coast on Monday, November 22.

It is clarified that senior citizens included in the LSAP list are those not recipients of government pensions. On the other hand, the octogenarians and nonagenarians received their cash incentives as mandated under the city ordinance and the city's counterpart to the national incentives given through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Just this Tuesday (November 23), 1,391 farmer-beneficiaries from most barangays under District 1 of the city also got monetary assistance and payout was held at the Zamboanga City East Central School.

The farmers were from the following barangays: Dulian, Upper Pasonanca, Putik, Guiwan, Lunzuran, Lumayang, Lumbangan, Mampang, Cabatangan, Capisan, Pasonanca, Tumaga, San Roque, San Jose Gusu, Malagutay and Boalan.

More so, 1,661 fisher folks from 27 barangays have also given cash aid by the city government on November 24 at Talon-talon covered court here.

The recipients, identified by their individual associations in collaboration with the City Social Welfare Development Office (CSWDO) were from barangays Cabatangan, Pasonanca, Tumaga, San Roque, San Jose Gusu, Dulian in Upper Pasonanca,  Zone IV, Calarian, Campo Islam, Canelar, Sta Maria, Putik, Mampang, Boalan, Arena Blanco, Rio Hondo, Kasanyangan, Mariki, Divisoria, Pangapuyan, Sta Barbara, Sta Catalina, Talon-Talon, Tetuan, Tigtabon, Tugbungan and Baliwasan. 

The distribution of assistance aims to help sectors alleviate their plight amidst the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and was spearheaded by City Mayor Beng Climaco with other city officials.

“Aid continues at the time of pandemic in order to alleviate the lives of the marginalized sectors that were affected by the COVID-19 health crisis,” Mayor Climaco said. (RVC/JRA/PIA9-Zamboanga City/With reports from Zambo City-Public Information Office)

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Jayson Aucensillo

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Jayson R. Aucensillo is a Public Information Assistant and acting Regional Executive Secretary to the Regional Director. The focal person of the Ivolunteers Network in Zamboanga Peninsula that comprises school leaders of different states, colleges and universities. 

He is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Development Communication (DevCom) major in Peace Journalism and an advocate of LGBT+ rights. He is also a developmental journalist who writes about the works of the government.

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