Cebu City to aid LSIS

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News -

CEBU CITY – Mayor Edgardo Labella issued guidelines on the release of financial assistance to locally stranded individual­s (LSI) who have signified their intention to go back to their respective towns and cities.

Labella’s order came a month after Environmen­t Secretary Roy Cimatu who is the government’s overseer for Covid-19 response, requested the city government to trace LSIS here and provide for mechanisms to help them return to their respective places.

“We can provide P5,000 financial assistance to the LSI. Many of these LSIS are from our neighborin­g towns, cities, and provinces of Cebu,” Labella said.

In his guidelines, Labella said each LSI will receive up to maximum of P5,000, depending on the assessment of the local government’s Department of Social Welfare and Services. He added that subject to the assessment of city social workers, LSIS who are availing the Assistance for Individual­s in Crisis Situation (AICS) program will go back to their respective places through land, sea and air travel, will receive cash aid in three categories.

Those who are travelling from the capital city to the northern and southern part of Cebu province will get P1,000 to P1,500; and those who are travelling from the city to any other areas in the Visayas will receive P1,500 to

P3,000. And Cebu City-based LSIS who will return home to Luzon or Mindanao are qualified to receive P3,000 to P5,000.the financial aid from the city government can be availed only once.

To avail of the benefits under the AICS program,applicants are required to present their government-issued identifica­tion that reflects the LSI’S hometown address, travel authority issued by the Philippine National Police Covid Shield and certificat­ion from the barangay where the LSI is currently residing. “Incomplete documents will not be entertaine­d,” the guidelines stated.

The city government encouraged the LSIS to file their applicatio­ns by sending it, together with the required documents in PDF format, to project.spgarcia@ gmail.com. Walk-ins, according to the guidelines, will not be entertaine­d.

Once an applicant has completed the submission, he/ she will receive an email of his/ her scheduled interview and assessment at the DSWS Office located across Labangon Elementary School, Katipunan Street, Barangay Labangon.

After assessment, applicants who are deemed qualified to receive the financial assistance will receive an email confirming their inclusion to the program as well as the date for the release of such aid. The cash assistance will be released “only on scheduled date”.

The Cebu City Hall has listed over 15,000 LSIS who are stuck in the city after losing their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. (John Rey Saavedra)

Mayor Edgardo Labella (left) concurs with Inter-agency Task for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases policy implemente­rs Environmen­t Secretary Roy Cimatu (right) and Melquiades Feliciano during a recent IATF meeting. (Cebu City PIO)

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