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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

DSWD to launch e-card project in W. Visayas

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Western Visayas is set to launch in July an electronic card (e-card) aimed at alleviating poverty and improving access to nutritious food for the region’s poorest families.

The program, targeting 30,000 impoverished families in Negros Occidental, marks the initial phase of a broader effort to support vulnerable communities across the region.

DSWD Western Visayas director Carmelo Nochete highlighted the significance of Negros Occidental in the program’s implementation.

“Negros Occidental has the highest number of impoverished families in the region, which is why they are the priority for this program,” Nochete explained. “Our goal is to ease the burden of poverty and ensure families have access to nutritious food.”

Under the program, selected beneficiaries will receive the e-cards loaded with P3,000 each month. The card can be used to purchase a variety of nutritious foods such as vegetables, protein, and fruits from accredited retailers, including Kadiwa stores and other DSWD-approved grocery outlets.

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