The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA has provided livelihood settlement grants to 45 families in the province of Romblon under the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa” (BP2) and Sustainable Livelihood Program.
The displaced families are from the municipalities of Sta. Fe, Odiongan, Calatrava and Magdiwang.
According to Regional Program Coordinator (RPC) Jacqueline C. Duma, most of the beneficiaries are from the National Capital Region (NCR) who want to permanently reside in the province and are given the grant as start-up capital for the continuity of their livelihood and economic activities.
Aside from the livelihood assistance, the beneficiaries also received transitory family support packages as part of their transition phase in their respective communities.
Also, community grants were given as part of the package for the municipalities that identified more than 20 Balik Probinsya beneficiaries.
Program Focal Person Jonel Musni explained that these beneficiaries were identified and assessed based on the generated list of applicants using the registration system of the National Housing Authority.
Interested families or individuals may apply through the official website of the BP2 program at www.balikprobinsya.gov.ph or visit the nearest Balik Probinsya Center in the barangay.
Furthermore, individuals or families who have returned to their respective local government units to permanently reside therein may also register in the BP2 program through the Local Social Welfare and Development Office (LSWDO).
An assessment will be conducted by the LSWDO to determine the eligibility of an applicant to receive a specific assistance package from the program.
The BP2 is one of the support measures of the government to decongest urban poor communities by providing opportunities to families from urban areas who are affected by the pandemic, displaced workers, or those susceptible to health and safety risks and other environmental hazards.

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