Former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday said while the Sampung Libong Pag-asa program cannot help everyone, it is still “an instrument” that God can use to assist Filipino families that are facing difficulties during the pandemic.
“Ang reason natin for giving is the love of God (Our reason for giving is the love of God)…Hindi natin matutulungan lahat (We can’t give aid to all), but we can be instruments to get that done,” Cayetano said in a pre-recorded video shown during the program’s livestream on the former Speaker’s Facebook page on November 22, 2021.
The program featured 25 electricians, mechanics, welders, and similar professionals from Cardona, Rizal who received P10,000 in financial assistance.
Launched on May 1, the Sampung Libong Pag-asa program gives P10,000 in financial assistance to select individuals affected by the pandemic. The former Speaker spearheaded the initiative in order to campaign for the inclusion of the P10,000 financial aid provision under Bayanihan 3.
The program focuses on various affected sectors each week in order to raise awareness on the Filipino family’s need for stable financial assistance in the midst of a global health crisis.
As of writing, a total of 13,681 beneficiaries have already received the cash assistance.
The gift that keeps giving
The story of fish vendor Jacquiline de Manuel Roxas of the City of Manila was also featured in the latest episode.
In a pre-recorded video, Roxas lamented how the pandemic affected her business to the point that she would only earn a meager P200 a day — not enough to sustain her family’s daily needs.
When Roxas was chosen as a beneficiary on June 16, 2021, she used half of the P10,000 as additional capital for her business and allotted the rest for their daily expenses.
“Dati po, kakaunti lang po [ang tinda ko]. Pero simula po ng mabigyan at mabiyayaan po ako ng ayuda ni [former Speaker] Alan Peter Cayetano, nadagdagan na po,” she said.
(Back then, I had little capital. But when I was given financial aid by former Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, I was able to sell and earn more.)
Roxas now earns P600-P800 a day which is enough to cover household expenses as well as her father’s medical expenses.