The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) has extended a total of P13 million assistance for the individuals in crisis during the pandemic.
PSWDO chief Abigail Ablaña said during the online press briefing of the Provincial Information Office (PIO) Thursday that they have already provided different kinds of assistance to more than 2,000 individuals.
She said that P1.4 million have been provided to 623 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and P12 million to 1,700 more.
“Sa ating Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU), ito yong opisina na nagbibigay ng assistance, including medical and transportation. ‘Yong ating mga local stranded individuals naman ay nakapagbigay tayo ng P1.4 million,” Ablaña said.
She also said that while there is a pandemic, PSWDO managed to provide monthly pensions to senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Ablaña said that they have already distributed the pensions of the senior citizens in the towns of Bataraza, Linapacan, Brooke’s Point, and Narra, while Roxas, Dumaran, Brooke’s Point, Cagayancillo and El Nido to the PWD pensioners.
“Hindi na-prevent nitong pandemic ang pagbibigay natin ng mga assistance at ‘yong pension ng ating mga seniors at PWDs,” she said.
Ablaña said that the requirements to avail the services can be send to their messenger and email account.
“Sine-certify nalang namin via email at messenger na natanggap namin kasi alam naman natin na limited ang galaw ngayon. Kaya tinanggap namin mula Marso hanggang ngayon ang mga electronic copies,” Ablaña said.
Those who need assistance may call 09987932468.
“Whether financial material or anything, 24/7 po itong bukas, puwede niyo tawagan,” she said.
Mental health assistance
Aside from quarantine-related assistance, Ablaña said that they have also provided hotlines and psychological assistance for those who are experiencing mental health problems due to pandemic.
Youth, teenagers, and adolescents who are experiencing mental health problems may call 09438294732.
Philippine Mental Health Association in Palawan
Sabi nga natin itong Quarantine peior those who have limited movement kasi nasa bahay lang, maraming nawalan ng trabaho, magkakahiwalay physically na family. Sa nangangailangan ng Psychological first aid ay we will provide them,” Ablaña said.
Community Affairs Division and Pag-asa program manager Rolando Buñi said that the provincial government is offering free funeral-related services.
“Itong Pag-asa program ay ito ang nilalapitan ng mga kababayan sa funeral services. Kadalasan kliyente natin ang mga taga-munisipyo, particularly mainland. We offer free transportation and embalming services,” Buñi said.
He said that all those who experiencing funeral poverty or those who cannot afford the funeral of their family may avail of the services.
“Binibigay natin itong serbisyo sa mga kababayan natin na lagpas na sa kakayahan nila na bigyan ng maayos na libing ang kani-kanilang pamilya,” he said.
He said that due to the quarantine, access to services is limited but Palaweños in need may go or ask the nearest Pag-asa Operation Center in partnership with Rescue 165 in towns of Aborlan, Narra, Quezon, Brooke’s Point, Sofronio Española, Roxas, Araceli and Taytay.
“Malaking challenge ang restrictions lalo na limited ang kakayahan. May nakaassign tayong kasamahan sa mga munisipyo. Liason officer ang pupunta sa kanila, may mga tao tayo sa mga munisipyo kapartner ang Rescue 165,” Buñi said.