June 17, 2024

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Over 2M kgs of rice, P250M cash aid given to 83K CARD beneficiaries in Eastern Visayas

OVER 2 million kilograms of rice and a total of P250 million in cash aid were granted to 83,000 beneficiaries in Eastern Visayas under the revolutionary Cash Assistance and Rice Distribution (CARD) Program from April 5 to 7 held in several areas in Region VIII.

Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez reaffirmed President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr.’s dedication to fulfilling its promise of providing the necessary assistance to the Filipino people.

“Lumapag na po sa Leyte, Samar at Biliran ang CARD Program upang maghatid ng libreng bigas at ayuda para sa ating mga kababayan na nagmumula sa mga vulnerable sectors. Dito po ipinadadama ng administrasyon ni Pangulong Marcos sa ating mga mamamayan ang pagkalinga ng pamahalaan,” said Speaker Romualdez, the leader of the 300-plus-strong House of Representatives.

“Ang programa pong ito ay masusi nating pinag-aralan para makapagbigay ng ginhawa sa ating mga mamamayan. Buong Pilipinas po ang target natin sa CARD, at isusunod na po natin ang ibang lugar na hindi pa natin napuntahan. Saan man kayo, aabutin kayo ng ating pamahalaan,” he added.

House Deputy Secretary General Sofonias “Ponyong” Gabonada Jr. said the CARD Program, an initiative of Speaker Romualdez in response to President Marcos’ call to the House of Representatives to address the increasing price of rice, has benefitted the citizens of Tacloban City, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar.

“Under the leadership of Speaker Martin, the House of Representatives is fully committed to addressing President Marcos’ challenges, focusing on aiding the vulnerable sectors,” said

Gabonada who leads the secretariat for the House of Representatives’ CARD program, in collaboration with Social Welfare and Development Sec. Rex Gatchalian.

Speaker Romualdez thanked the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), especially Gatchalian, for taking part in the program that aims to support vulnerable Filipinos by providing them with affordable access to rice and essential cash assistance.

For the CARD Program in Eastern Visayas, a total of P3,000 was granted to each of the 83,000 beneficiaries through the DSWD AICS Program, broken down as follows: P1,000 designated for rice (approx. 25 kilos at the rate of P40 per kilo) and P2,000 for miscellaneous essential expenses.

Beneficiaries mostly came from marginalized groups, including the poor, senior citizens, PWDs, single parents, and family breadwinners, among others.

“Ito na ang pinakamalaking CARD Program distribution simula noong ilunsad natin ito noong nakaraang taon. Makakaasa kayo na mas palalakihin at palalakasin pa natin ang programa para mas maraming Pilipino ang makinabang sa bigas at ayuda mula sa gobyerno,” Speaker Romualdez said.

A total of 2,075,000 kilograms of premium rice were allocated for the benefit of the intended beneficiaries of the program, with over P250 million in AICS payout.

The breakdown of the 83,000 beneficiaries, together with the areas in Eastern Visayas, is as follows: 

– 1st District of Leyte: 11,000

– Tacloban City: 4,000

– Palo, Leyte: 1,000

– Tanauan, Leyte: 1,000

– Tolosa, Leyte: 1,000

– Babatngon, Leyte: 1,000

– Sta. Fe, Leyte: 1,000

– Along Alang, Leyte: 1,000

– San Miguel, Leyte: 1,000

– 2nd District of Leyte: 6,000

– 3rd District of Leyte: 6,000

– 4th District of Leyte: 6,000

– 5th District of Leyte: 6,000

– 1st District of Southern Leyte: 6,000

– 2nd District of Southern Leyte: 6,000

– Lone District of Biliran: 6,000

– Lone District of Eastern Samar: 6,000

– 1st District of Samar: 6,000

– 2nd District of Samar: 6,000

– 1st District of Northern Samar: 6,000

– 2nd District of Northern Samar: 6,000

The CARD Program was launched last year, and it seeks to provide cash and rice assistance to qualified Filipino families, which will be identified by legislative districts.

The pilot distribution was done in Metro Manila, covering all its 33 legislative districts with each having 10,000 beneficiaries for a total of 330,000 residents, and in Biñan City and Sta. Rosa in Laguna. 

The CARD program was also rolled out as part of President Marcos’ nationwide Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair (BPSF).

It not only intends to boost the purchasing power of the public but also serves as a strategic measure against hoarding and price manipulation of rice stocks.