A total of 23 families who were enrolled in the government’s Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) program that aims to decongest the National Capital Region will receive a maximum of P50,000 as livelihood settlement grant once they return to the municipality of Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte.
Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said the BP2 program would benefit low-income families who will opt to move out from Metro Manila or other highly urbanized cities and return to or relocate to other provinces such as Davao del Norte.
“The beneficiaries came from the National Capital Region and they will get PHP50,000 livelihood grant from Santo Tomas local government unit (LGU),” he added.
The resident-beneficiaries were from Barangay New Katipunan, Tibal-og, La Libertad, Bobongon, Talomo, Pantaron, Balagunan, and New Visayas.
On Friday (December 3), the Santo Tomas LGU and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to implement the BP2 Program in Santo Tomas town formally.
“I thank them [DSWD] for the help they extended to these families. It is very helpful for them they come home,” Evangelista said.
For her part, Municipal Administrator lawyer. Elisa Evangelista said the Evangelista administration would seek more assistance from the national government so that all Tomasinos could benefit from the programs and services that will be cascaded to the Santo Tomas LGU.
Moreover, Municipal Area Coordinator Carlo Jack Pino said the assistance that the government would provide to the program’s beneficiaries would help the transition to their new life here in Santo Tomas.
Pino added that the Santo Tomas LGU is working with the national government to decentralize economic opportunities and help the government streamline its operations by bringing in more people to the provinces. (NW)