CITY of BALANGA , Bataan – The Provincial Government of Bataan under the leadership of Gov. Abet S. Garcia, thru the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office (PSWDO) started the annual distribution of rice subsidies to identified beneficiaries all over the province last September 17.
Way back in 2004, during the incumbency of then Governor and now 2nd District Representative Enrique “Tet” Garcia, the Provincial Government of Bataan entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the National Food Authority (NFA) to provide rice subsidies to surviving World War II veterans and/or their surviving spouse/children.
In as much as our war veterans are of old age and belonging to the senior citizens, out of humanitarian consideration and in recognition of their courage and bravery during the war, not to mention their present physical conditions, it is the honest belief of the government that the rice subsidy would complement their limited resources.
In addition to the war veterans, other beneficiaries of the rice subsidy program were likewise identified such as the personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police and their support unit, Day Cay Care Workers, Accredited Barangay Health Workers, Barangay Nutrition scholars, Barangay Tanods, KABALIKAT leaders, and municipal presidents of KALIPI, PWDs and Tribal groups.
Said groups were included among the beneficiaries of the program to complement their limited resources as well as in recognition of their continuous support to the government’s quest for progress, economic competitiveness and orderly community.
To date, the PSWDO staff under Mrs. Marilyn Tigas with the full support and cooperation of the local chief executives had finished the distribution in the towns of Abucay (Sept. 17), Hermosa (Sept. 18), Orani (Sept. 18), Dinalupihan (Sept. 21), Orion (Sept. 22), Limay (Sept. 22), Morong (Sept. 23), Bagac (Sept. 23), Samal (Sept. 24), Upper and Lower Mariveles (Sept. 25). The PSWDO staff aims to finish the province wide distribution within the week, with just Pilar and the City of Balanga left on the list.