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By: Vanessa Almeda | Published Tuesday, June 9, 2020
In her regular visual presser, Gov. Gwen Garcia reports that Capitol’s cash assistance to stranded Cebuanos in places outside Cebu amounted to a total of P2.3 million. (Lito Tecson)

About P2.3 million were released by the Province of Cebu as financial assistance to stranded Cebuanos in different towns and cities in the country.

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia announced this on Monday, June 8, during her live press conference at the Capitol. 

A total of 847 stranded Cebuanos were given financial assistance based on the Capitol’s Stranded Cebuanos Assistance Program (SCAP) that started on April 12. 

According to Garcia, the assistance was sent through money remittance centers.

“Kung usa ra sila naa tay certain amount ihatag, kung naay kuyog sa pamilya gipun-an sab na nato aron maka-saparsapar kung pamilya,” the governor said. 

To recall, the Province of Cebu launched the SCAP when the province was placed under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and several Cebuanos were unable to return home since borders were closed.

The governor emphasized that those who were provided financial assistance complied with the requirements set by the committee including the submission of certification from the local government unit (LGU) where he or she was stranded. 

The LGUs in Cebu also verified the authenticity of the claim of residency of those who availed of the program to avoid fake claimants.

It was found out that some applicants were not stranded but long-time residents of the area who are Cebuanos and simply wished to come back to Cebu.

“Kadtong na-validate jud ha og naningkamot jud ni sila intawn nga makakuha sa certification, ni-fill out sa form, na-validate kung hain sila,” the governor said. 

The program already accepted its last batch of applicants on May 15, 2020. (Vanessa L. Almeda)