The first batch of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program beneficiaries arrived today, March 30, 2022 at the Capitol, Catarman. Five families from the different municipalities of Northern Samar initially availed of the program with the assistance of the provincial government through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and Provincial Tourism Office (PTour), together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development RO 8. The families were given food packs from DSWD RO8 before they were escorted by their LGUs back to their hometowns.
The Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program of the national government, with the support of local government units and other government agencies, aims to address congestion in urban areas by encouraging people, especially informal settlers to return to their home provinces and assist them in the transition through transportation, family, livelihood, housing, subsistence and education support, among others.
According to Ms. Gemma Jarogon, Catarman area coordinator of DSWD RO8, their office will be offering two kinds of assistance to the beneficiaries, the Transitory Family Assistance and Livelihood Support Grant which will help families kickstart their lives back in their home province.
On the part of the provincial government, Ms. Vinagracia Batiles of the PSWDO said that PGNS will also be providing assistance to beneficiaries through the Social Amelioration Program.
The program is for families who decide to go back to their hometowns for good, and start a new life.