2K families in Bohol receive P5K assistance from DSWD-7, UNICEF

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Shalaine Marie Lucero, Deputy Regional Director of DSWD-7, attends the distribution of HCT Plus cash assistance in Bohol which was done in partnership with UNICEF. | Photo courtesy of DSWD-7

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – Some 2,000 families in Bohol Province received a humanitarian aid package of P5,000 in Cash Transfers (HCT) Plus earlier this month.

HCT Plus was distributed to families affected by Super Typhoon Odette, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Cash assistance was released through UNICEF’s financial service provider. Each beneficiary received a unique transaction reference code.

Of the beneficiaries, 537 are from the municipality of Tubigon and 1,453 from the municipality of San Isidro.

San Isidro grantees also received an additional P100 as a transportation grant to cover travel to and from the nearest RD pawnshop, where they could withdraw their cash grants.

UNICEF also held learning sessions through limited face-to-face discussion on child health and nutrition, protection, COVID-19 infection control, sanitation water and sanitation (WASH).

Households that have not received cash assistance from government agencies or development partners, as well as those with children under 18, breastfeeding and/or pregnant women, children with disabilities and those suffering or at risk of suffering from malnutrition, have been identified as beneficiaries of UNICEF-DSWD HCT Plus.

In March 2022, DSWD and UNICEF signed a Memorandum of Understanding to address the HCT Plus guidelines.

Another batch of UNICEF-DSWD HCT Plus beneficiaries in Bohol province are also being processed and identified.

However, those who received the grant will no longer be eligible for DSWD Crisis Assistance for the same amount. /rcg

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