THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Lapu-Lapu City Government turned over more than P6 million worth of financial assistance that can be used to provide aid to poor and vulnerable families in the city.

Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan, DSWD assistant secretary Maria Evelyn Macapobre, and DSWD Central Visayas Director Shalaine Marie Lucero led the distribution Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, at the Hoops Dome Arena in Barangay Gun-ob.

A total of 429 beneficiaries received financial assistance under the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

According to a report from the Public Information Office, the beneficiaries came from 18 sectors like the persons with special needs sector, women’s group, fisher folks association, and 4Ps members.

According to the DSWD’s records, each sector is set to receive P450,000 or less, depending on the number of members or beneficiaries wherein each beneficiary gets P15,000.

Macapobre said that DSWD’s goal is to uplift the livelihood of the poor and vulnerable families and communities through SLP.

Chan said that the assistance is a big help to the different organizations and associations that the mayor created for their sustainable livelihood and to earn additional income.

The mayor explained that if the beneficiary’s chosen business or livelihood grows, they will no longer seek further assistance from the City Social Welfare and Development or the Office of the Mayor.

He said this is the reason why the national government is giving beneficiaries livelihood assistance, as they believe that one becomes rich through business.