A total of P28.3 million worth of livelihood grants were released to the last batch of beneficiaries under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program in Boracay on Sept. 21. PNA PHOTO

BORACAY – Livelihood grants amounting to a total of P28.3 million were distributed in this famed island resort on Friday.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) released the livelihood aids to 1,887 residents and workers who were affected by the island’s half-year closure.

The recipients belong to the last batch of beneficiaries of DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). Each recipient received P15,000.

They were composed of 877 residents from Barangay Manoc-manoc, 391 from Barangay Balabag and 51 from Barangay Yapak. The remaining 568 were members of organized groups in Boracay.

DSWD-Aklan SLP coordinator Rovi Christine Gonzales said Friday’s last batch of beneficiaries were among the 10,597 recipients of the SLP.

Of the total number, 5,146 were from Manoc-manoc; 2,409 from Balabag; 1,375 from Yapak; and 1,667 from different organized groups.

The DSWD was able to release a total of P158.9 million worth of livelihood grants to island closure-affected residents and workers, Gonzales added. (With a report from PNA/PN)

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