At least 768 Families received Php10, 000.00 each last July 25, 2012 at the Mariners Court, Pier 1 Cebu City as Mayor Michael Rama offered Livelihood Assistance program for the families who are affected by the 3 meter easement restoration for road widening or river restoration and those affected by recent fire incidents.
Mayor Rama initiated the program to help the less fortunate families and to pay for just compensation to those who will be affected by the road widening.
In order to prevent duplication in the listing of the beneficiaries, an assessment activity for the families was conducted by the then Squatters Prevention Encroachment and Elimination Division (SPEED) now Prevention, Restoration, Order Beautification Enhancement (PROBE), and revisited and surveyed by the Department of Social Welfare Services (DSWS) for verification. The beneficiaries were from Barangay's Kasambagan, San Roque, Bacayan, Quiot, Banilad, Capitol SIte, Carreta and Lahug.
Mr. Franklin Suan, 51years old a resident of Brgy. Capitol Site and one of the 768 beneficiaries aired out in BARUGG that the Mayor's initiative is of great help for them, "Maayo kaayo ni nga inisyatiba sa Mayor kay makatabang sa mga katawhan nga naglisod ug apektado sa sunog, road widening ug mga squatter nga gi-relocate."
Emma Villarete, the Officer-in-Charge of the Cebu City Treasurer's Office, said that there were already families who have received the same cash assistance in the previous months. Today, the city allocated the amount of P7, 680,000.00 for the 768 beneficiaries. The distribution was facilitated by the CTO, PROBE and DSWS personnel.
By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados