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City Government to Provide Aid to LGBT Sector

In a social media post, the Iloilo Pride Team announced that through the help of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas and the Office of LGBT Affairs, cash assistance will be given to members of the LGBT community, given that they qualify in the criteria.

In the post, a cash aid of Php 2,000 will be given to 250 qualified individuals from the LGBT sector. Moreover, recipients will be validated by the team and then screened by the City Social Welfare and Development Office. For those who will not be able to qualify, the team will do its best to provide grocery packs.

Qualifications include the following:

  • persons of diverse SOGIE and is a resident of Iloilo City
  • coming from low-income family brackets
  • one per family or head of household
  • LGBT live-in partners can apply
  • did not receive any SAP, DOLE, SBWS, or any assistance

Update as of May 11: Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas shared an announcement via Facebook affirming that the Iloilo City Government will provide a Php 2,000 cash assistance to members of the LGBT provided that they have not received assistance from the social amelioration program. The mayor revealed that there is an existing Php 500,000 fund given by Cong. Loren Legarda to be given to 250 beneficiaries from the LGBTQ community. He also added that there is an additional fund from the Department of Labor and Employment to be given to the sector including those who did not qualify in the SAP. Here is the full statement of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas:

“Gusto ko ipahibalo sa tanan nga may ihatag kita nga tag Php 2,000 sa aton mga utod nga katapo sang LGBTQ bangud indi sila qualified sa SAP kay wala sila pamilya (asawa ukon bana kag kabataan) pero bisan sila nadulaan man obra. Through this, we can be able to help them. We know that they too need assistance in order to survive in this crisis. May pundo nga Php 500,000 nga gin hatag si Cong. Loren Legarda sa aton para tungaon sa 250 ka mga katapo sang LGBTQ. May pundo man halin sa DOLE nga para sa 1,000 ka tawo. Ipa sulod man naton sila didto upod ang iban nga wala ma qualify sa SAP.

Nagapangayo gid ako sang aton nga kooperasyon ilabi na gid subong nga posible nga nagapasulod kita sa GCQ. Mas madamo nga mga responsibilidad ang ginahinyo. Kun matabo ina, hindi na naton kinahanglan ang quarantine pass pero dapat sundon gid naton ang protocols pareho sang paggamit sang face masks, pagsunod sa social distancing, kag ang paggamit sang alcohol ukon alco-gel.

Ang aton nga mga sports activities kag festivals sa ini nga tuig, hindi na gid siguro matigayon. Mabudlayan man nga wala sang kalingawan ang aton mga kabataan pero himuan naton paagi kung paano naton ma tugutan bisan nagahalong man kita. Batò Iloilo! Kaya ta ‘ni!”

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