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439 Child Development Workers (CDWs) in Benguet have received PhP5,000 cash assistance from the Provincial Local Government Unit through the Office of Provincial Social Welfare and Development (OPSWD).
The total cash distributed amounts to PhP2,195,000.00 which is a regular fund allocation of the OPSWD.
CWDs are among the barangay workers who will be given yearly financial assistance provided in the Provincial Ordinance (PO) 15-172 approved by the Sannguniang Panlalawigan in June, 2015 which was amended in 2018 through PO No. 18-230 for additional fund to augment the budget appropriated in the former PO.
The said assistance serves as recognition of their efforts in community building.
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“For the previous years since the start of this yearly program, the number of CDWs in the province was divided equally into two groups, each group would receive cash assistance on alternate basis,” said Ms. Juana Bannawe, OPSWD head. “But with the full support of Governor Melchor Diclas, we no longer did it alternately but all the CDWs now have receive the assistance.”
Of the amount, Atok was given P100,000 for 20 CDWs; Bakun with P115,000.00 for 23 CDWs; Bokod, PhP185,000.00 for 37 CDWs; Buguias, P145,000.00 for 29 CDWs; Itogon, P225,000.00 for 45 CDWs; Kabayan, P110,000.00 for 22 CDWs; Kapangan, P225,000.00 for 45 CDWs; Kibungan P145,000.00 for 29 CDWs; La Trinidad, P300,000.00 for 60 CDWs; Mankayan, PhP280,000.00 for 56 CDWs; Sablan, P40,000 for 8 CDWs; Tuba, P185,000.00 for 37 CDWs; and Tublay, P140,000.00 for 28 CDWs.
Governor Melchor Diclas hopes to increase the assistance for the CDWs if there is more funds because “we know that their job is really challenging” and that they play an important role in community building.
The OPSWD personnel have started distributing the cash assistance since June 29 until July 22.
“We have to go to their respective municipalities and give the assistance in cash so that they will no longer spend or go through hassle just to come to La Trinidad or to places with Automated Teller Machine,” Ms. Bannawe said.
Photo by Armando M. Bolislis
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