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DSWD extends financial assistance and relief items to tricycle drivers and fishermen; unveils with partners 136th ‘Malasakit Center’ in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IX in coordination with the Office of the President and Office of Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go facilitated the payout of financial assistance to 587 fishermen and 318 tricycle drivers who are residents of Brgy. Labuan, Zamboanga City, last Saturday, August 14.

Aside from the cash aid extended through DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), the field office through its Disaster Response and Management Division (DRMD) also provided the beneficiaries with Family Food Packs (FFPs) to help them somehow mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the 136th Malasakit Center in Labuan General Hospital was unveiled on the same day. It is a one-stop shop that is designated to receive and process requests for medical and financial assistance for indigent and incapacitated patients through DSWD, Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Forty two (42) patients and 132 rank and file employees including security guards and utility staff of the said hospital were also given financial assistance from DSWD.

Among those present during the one-stop shop launching were Sen. Bong Go, DSWD Undersecretary Atty. Aimee S. Torrefranca-Neri, DSWD Assistant Secretary Jade T. Jamolod, DSWD IX Regional Director, Atty. Sittie Raifah M. Pamaloy-Hassan, various key officials, partner agencies, and other stakeholders. ###

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