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DSWD6 to continue programs even during election period

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- The programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI will continue amid the election period, the agency’s press release recently announced.

This, DSWD 6 Regional Director lawyer Carmelo Nochete announced, after the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) approved the request of the agency for exemption of implementation of programs and services from the spending ban as stipulated in the provisions of Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code in relation to COMELEC Resolution No. 10944.

"Our programs and services will continue. We are happy that the Comelec has granted an exemption to our implementation of programs and services because these are for the benefit of the people,” said Nochete.

According to the DSWD 6 press release, the programs that will continue include the subsidy for rice retailers under the Sustainable Livelihood Program - Economic Relief Subsidy (SLP-ERS).

This program is a one-time cash grant worth P15,000.00 for small rice retailers affected by the imposition of the rice price ceiling across the country pursuant to Executive Order No. 39 of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

Further, other DSWD programs and projects with approved exemption from the election ban are the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program, the Food Stamp Program (FSP),

the “Tara, Basa! Tutoring” Program, Oplan Pag-Abot, Project Lawa, Social Pension Program, Centenarian Program, and the Supplemental Feeding Program.

Also exempted are the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAPH), Kalahi-CIDSS, Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan or PAMANA Program, Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP), and the Psychosocial care and support for persons living with HIV and their affected families.

Moreover, included in the approved request are the Targeted Cash Transfer Program (TCT), Residential and Non-residential Care Program, Philippine Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Project, Socio-Economic Program for Normalization of the Commissioned Combatant, and Modified Shelter Assistance Project.

The agency also reported that DSWD is allowed to continue its ongoing disaster relief, early recovery and rehabilitation programs, and provision of programs and services to address the needs of poor, vulnerable, and marginalized Filipinos.

To note, COMELEC Resolution No. 10944 provides the rules and regulations on the prohibition against the release, disbursement or expenditures of public funds and construction of public works, delivery of materials for public works, and issuance of Treasury Warrants and similar devices under Sections 261 (V) and (W) of the Omnibus Election Code in connection with the October 30, 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections. (AAL/FRG/PIA6/with reports from DSWD6)

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