TAWI-TAWI – The provincial office of the Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) in Tawi-Tawi launched Tuesday, Oct. 26, the ministry’s new Unlad Pamilyang Bangsamoro (UPB) Program intended for the 5% poorest of the poor families across the region.
“In our province, we have identified 664 families from among the 11 municipalities as target beneficiaries of the UPB; MSSD will put them under case-managed families, who can receive interventions and become immediate recipients of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Bangsamoro Sagip Kabuhayan (BSK), and other MSSD assistance in order to uplift their lives and status of well-being,” said Belinda Adil, provincial social welfare officer.
Beneficiaries 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 are entitled to a livelihood seed capital equivalent to Php15,000, skills training, monthly 25-kilo rice subsidies, and medical assistance during emergencies.[Read related story: MSSD launches Unlad Pamilyang Bangsamoro Program]
Also on Tuesday, 411 initial batch of SLP beneficiaries from the province each received their seed capital assistance of P15,000.00 from MSSD.
MSSD Deputy Minister Arced Abdukahal graced the launching of the Unlad Pamilyang Bangsamoro program and SLP payout for the first batch recipients.
“I am here in Tawi-Tawi to monitor the activities of the MSSD provincial office and help facilitate the celebration of the Indigenous Peoples’ Month, which the provincial office plans to hold the celebration in the Municipality of Sitangkai next week,” Abdukahal said. (Bangsamoro Information Office)
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