GUIUAN,Eastern Samar– The beneficiaries of a cash assistance provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund from the island villages of Homonhon and Suluan need not go to the town proper to get their money. This was agreed by officials of the town and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which implements the unconditional cash assistance funded by the Unicef.

There are about 60 beneficiaries coming from the villages of Homonhon and Suluan. The decision to hold the pay out for the beneficiaries was formalized through a resolution approved by the municipal council of Guiuan. DSWD Regional Director Nestor Ramos said that the safety of the beneficiaries travelling to the town proper especially during bad weather was considered why they approved the request of the municipal government.

The move would mean that the beneficiaries need not go to the town center just to get their cash assistance. Under the unconditional cash transfer, the beneficiaries are to receive P4,400 within six months which started last month. As counterpart of the local government unit of Guiuan Mayor Christopher Sheen Gonzalez said that he had already instructed the local police of Guiuan to provide security to personnel of NATCO (National Confederation of Cooperatives, DSWD’s partner in the distribution of cash assistance to the beneficiaries. This new scheme of payout will also include the conditional cash assistance of the DSWD under its 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program). (ROEL T. AMAZONA)