Sajahatra Bangsamoro drive benefits 1,085

A TOTAL of 1,085 in Davao Region benefited from the pilot implementation of the National Government's Sajahatra Bangsamoro initiative.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Davao social welfare officer III and assistant focal person of the program Dalmin Faith Igana, in an interview, said they started implementing the program on October this year.

"Gipababa ang budget September. Gisugdan namo ang project October (The budget was given out last September and we started the project in October)," she said.

The program, which aims to deliver the initial dividends of the peace agreement to Bangsamoro communities, was developed by President Benigno Aquino III and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on the day that the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) was signed in Malacanang in October 2012.

Sajahatra Bangasamoro was launched last February 2013.

According to Igana, the program has three components: livelihood, health and education.

There are currently 535 beneficiaries under DSWD's cash-for-work program under livelihood, 550 beneficiaries for the supplementary feeding program under health and they are currently constructing a day care center in an area in Mati which is under education.

Under the program, she said beneficiaries are mobilized to serve for 10 days of paid community work per month in a span of three months.

Igana said that the 1,085 beneficiaries in Davao Region are part of the 11,000 that were covered so far by the program being implemented in Regions 10, 12 and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).

She said that in order to observe fairness and equality, they have chosen a fair number of male and female beneficiaries.

Igana also said that the cash-for-work program is currently ongoing while the supplementary feeding program will begin in January next year.

Total budget for the implementation of the Sajahatra Bangsamoro is P4,270,700.

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