ORIENTAL MINDORO — The DSWD MIMAROPA distributed a total of P10,011,000.00 worth of Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) to 942 families whose livelihoods were heavily affected by the oil spill incident from the sunken MT Princess Empress, from November 13 to 16, 2023.
Each qualified beneficiary from the municipalities of Naujan, Gloria, Pinamalayan, Bansud, Bulalacao, Pola, Roxas, Bongabong, Victoria, and Calapan received an amount ranging from Php 5,000 to Php 15,000 worth of livelihood assistance.
The beneficiaries consist mostly of fisherfolks, fish and store vendors, fishpond laborers, tricycle drivers, and tourism workers whose livelihoods rely on coastal activities.
The cash assistance distribution is part of the early recovery intervention phase of the Department to rehabilitate and reestablish the affected livelihoods towards rekindling and regaining the local economy.
In Pinamalayan, 65 recipients of the LSG participated in the Entrepreneurial Mind Setting seminar provided by Rosemarry P. Landoy, Negosyo Center Coordinator of the Department of Trade and Industry and Gender Sensitivity Orientation of Regina G. Dela Pena, RSW, after the payout.
A second batch of cash assistance distribution worth more than P53 million is set to be conducted from November 20 to 24 benefitting an additional 5,344 affected families.