CARMEN, NORTH COTABATO — The Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) launched here on Friday, Oct. 22, its newest program entitled Unlad Pamilyang Bangsamoro Program which aims to improve the well-being of poor households in the Bangsamoro region.
Under the program, MSSD targets to uplift the lives of 23,829 poverty-stricken households across BARMM, thru provision of livelihood seed capital equivalent to Php15,000, skills training, monthly 25-kilo rice subsidies, and medical assistance during emergencies.
Of the total targeted households, 5,353 are from Maguindanao, 1,001 from Cotabato City, 3,138 from Lanao del Sur A, 2,507 from Lanao del Sur B, 1,374 from Marawi City, 2,426 from Basilan, 6,466 from Sulu, 664 from Tawi-Tawi, and 900 from the Special Geographic Area in North Cotabato.
Beneficiaries of the program are composed of non-members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), and 4Ps members who are “graduating” from the program due to lack of eligible children aged 0-18 years old.
They were identified based on the poverty incidence of their area and on the results of the social welfare development indicators (SWDI) survey which determines the level of well-being of the respondent’s household.
If the household has an eligible college-level students, they may also be granted with the Php10,000 educational assistance from the ministry’s Angat Bangsamoro: Kabataan Tungo sa Karunungan Program (ABK).
MSSD Minister Atty. Raissa Jajurie led Friday’s launching ceremony held at the Municipal Gymnasium of Carmen, wherein 123 households from seven barangays of the town were the initial program beneficiaries.
The barangays are Manarapan, Kibayao, Langugan, Kitulaan, Nasapian, Pebpoloan, and Tupig.
“Iba ito sa mga relief assistance na ibinibigay natin na one-time lang sa kanilang pangangailangan. Ang targeted nito yung mga pamilya na gusto natin na over a period of time ay umangat yung kanilang buhay,” said Jajurie. (Bangsamoro Information Office)