CEBU City councilor Alvin Dizon is asking Mayor Edgardo Labella for the immediate release of the financial aid for the city’s registered persons with disabilities (PWDs).
In his resolution approved last July 17, 2020, Dizon sought Labella’s intervention as the City has already skipped a quarter in the distribution of the financial assistance for the City’s PWDs.
The last time the City distributed financial assistance for registered PWDS was in March or just before the nationwide community quarantine was implemented, said Portia Basmayor, Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) head.
Dizon said the City’s registered PWDs also need assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in acquiring their basic necessities such as medicines.
“The PWD sector is one of the sectors greatly affected by this Covid-19 pandemic since the lockdown, which has already lasted more than three months, rendered them jobless, thus in a very difficult economic condition,” Dizon said in his resolution.
The PWDs are granted P3,000 in financial aid quarterly as provided under City Ordinance 2456.
Basmayor said the Covid-19 pandemic is preventing them from distributing the cash assistance.
As of 2020, there are around 11,584 qualified PWDs in the City, said Basmayor.
Though there was no scheduled date yet when to distribute the cash aid, Basmayor assured it will be done through a house-to-house scheme like what the City did for the senior citizens. (JJL)