Over 11,000 MILF families to gain from DSWD’s cash-for-work program

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from Government of the Philippines
Published on 04 Mar 2013 View Original

By Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, March 4 -- Over 11,000 families, all members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), are set to benefit from the cash-for-work program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

DSWD 12 Regional Director Bai Zorahayda Taha said the initial number of beneficiaries are located in Region 12 and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Taha explained, the inclusion of these families in the agency’s cash-for-work program is part of the immediate interventions promised under the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program.

President Benigno Aquino III launched the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program on February 15 at the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute in Barangay Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

It intends aims to uplift the health, livelihood and education conditions of Bangsamoro communities.

The cash-for-work program, Taha continued, is among the confidence-building measures that the department has identified in support to the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program and the on-going peace negotiations.

Under the program, indigent MILF-member families will be provided temporary employment.

Meanwhile, the regional office of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) or PhilHealth here also announced that over 11,000 families are also scheduled to receive their PhilHealth cards that they could use to avail of health insurance benefits just like the members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)