The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has approved an initial amount of PhP287.95 million as part of the new administration’s commitment to honor the government’s effort to support former rebels and their families.
Alan Tanjusay, DSWD’s Inclusive and Sustainable Peace Undersecretary, said the allocation includes the construction of 150 shelters in identified barangays in 13 regions, including those in the Zamboanga Peninsula.
“This is President (Ferdinand) Marcos’ initial commitment to former rebels and former extremists and their families across various spectrums and persuasions including those in hard-to-reach communities in various regions,” said Tanjusay in a statement.
He said it is the “first of the many commitments” under the directives of Marcos and Social Welfare Secretary Erwin Tulfo.
Tulfo this week vowed to continue support for the government’s peace programs and to provide financial, material and psycho-social programs to former rebels and their families.
In the proposed national budget for 2023, the government has allocated Php197 billion for the DSWD to include support for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, Protective Services for Individuals and Families in Difficult Circumstances, Sustainable Livelihood Program, and the Supplementary Feeding Program of the department.
“Our budget provides for the implementation of the projects and programs of the DSWD. The President said it himself—we must not neglect the poorest of the poor,” said Budget Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman in a statement.