IPs AVAIL AID. Iraynon Bukidnon IPs from Antique avail of aid to individuals in crisis situation from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The financial assistance was released through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office on Tuesday (March 26, 2019). (Photo by Annabel J. Petinglay)
SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique -- Fifty sugar migrants belonging to the Iraynon Bukidnon Indigenous People (IP) from the municipality of Laua-an availed of the aid to individuals in crisis situation (AICS) released by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) on Tuesday.
IP provincial head Abel Pedro said that he helped these IPs in need of financial assistance to go to the provincial government satellite office in Culasi to make their requests last week.
“Some of the IPs are still ashamed to ask for help and do not know where to go, so I am helping them,” Pedro said.
Pedro said each IP received PHP2,000 from the DSWD that was downloaded to the PSWDO.
Herald Cleto, 25, said he had been working as a sacada in Negros Occidental since he was 18 years old but was lately injured, hence he could not go back to work. “I had to go to Negros Occidental in order to earn some money for my family,” he said in an interview.
He had a leg injury when he came home to Antique last month and he has been limping since then. He has to endure the pain due to the lack of money to pay for a medical check-up. He was also afraid to see a doctor.
Another IP, Alvino Berto, 50, suffers from a respiratory ailment and was glad he now has money to buy medicines.
Berto, a farmer, has seven children still under his care, so buying medicines is always being set aside.
“I am thankful to the DSWD and to the Antique provincial government for the AICS,” he said. (PNA)