BUTUAN CITY - Members of the Bagong Paglaum sa Butuan Livelihood Association (BPABLIA) received PHP420,000 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) as wholesaler of goods for their proposed livelihood project.
In a statement, lawyer Ferdinand Iman, PCUP Field Operations Division chief, said the 28 members of BPABLIA was endorsed to the DSWD after being officially accredited by the PCUP for them to acquire financial assistance from the national government.
The BPABLIA members received the funds during ceremonies from representatives of the DSWD, Municipal Social Welfare Development (MSWD), Butuan City government, and PCUP led by area coordinator Marites Serrano.
According to Iman, the assistance given to BPABLIA is just part of the PCUP's mandate of linking and providing assistance to the country's urban poor even as its new leadership under Undersecretary Elpidio Jordan Jr.
Jordan has vowed to intensify its initiatives in bringing the country's marginalized sectors closer to the national government through its line agencies, among them the DSWD, Department of Health (DoH), Department of Labor and Employment and several others.
"With the new PCUP administration, our urban poor can expect a more serious approach in tackling their problems and aspirations as this has been expressed by our beloved President Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr., who has committed his government to focus on poverty alleviation and the betterment of the lives of every Filipino," the PCUP-FODM chief said. (PR)