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DSWD explains mechanics of PGMA's Balik-Probinsiya Program

Tacloban City (October 26) -- For those whose relatives have been displaced because of the recent calamities that hit Metro Manila and other provinces in Luzon and are thinking of making them come back to the Region, this news is for you.

DSWD Director Letecia Corillo informed that for the Ondoy victims who would like to avail of the Balik Probinsiya Program, they must first go to the Local Government Units where they are currently residing and inform the LGU about their wish.

If the LGU assistance is not sufficient, the victims may go to the DSWD NCR Office at Legarda, Sampaloc, Manila, to request for augmentation.

The DSWD Field Office 8 is now currently conducting a survey of what help each LGU in the Region can do to help those who would like to avail of the Balik-Probinsiya Program, Director Corillo said.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her latest visit to Leyte on October 20, has told residents here that their relatives in Manila who want to return to the province for good can take advantage of the government's "Balik-Probinsya" program under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The "Balik Probinsya" project, President Arroyo said said, is open to victims of typhoon "Ondoy" in Metro Manila should they decide to go back to their respective provinces for good. Over 200,000 families were displaced when "Ondoy" hit the country last September 26.

Balik probinsiya entails the DSWD providing transportation and other assistance to families desiring to start anew in the province or city of their choice. Aside from transportation they are provided with food supply good for one month and household items such as beddings and clothing.

Upon arrival at their destination, they are linked to appropriate government agencies that will help them get started. For instance, DA for farm implements and seedlings, DOLE for employment, and also microfinance to start a small business, so that they can start a new life.

DSWD's "Balik Probinsya" is a long-time project of the agency which aims to provide assistance to squatter families seeking to return back to their respective rural areas. The program also aims to decongest Metro Manila of squatter families residing in the riverbanks and other flood-prone areas.

President Arroyo said that NHA also has its own program, which it is using now for those that have to be resettled from the endangered areas. (PIA 8) [top]

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