Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan has announced that the local government will soon be providing a monthly allowance of P500 to children with disabilities in the city. This new benefit was announced on Saturday, Nov. 11, and is part of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) under City Ordinance 8991.
The mayor expressed her gratitude to the Manila City Council (MCC) for swiftly passing the ordinance and making it possible for at least 2,158 minor persons with disabilities (PWDs) to benefit from this program. This move comes in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, during which many Manila residents have faced economic hardships.
The SAP, which was passed during Lacuna-Pangan’s tenure as the city’s vice mayor and MCC presiding officer, already provides monthly cash assistance to senior citizens, solo parents, students from city-run universities, and senior high school students. Under the program, college students in the city receive a P1,000 monthly allowance, while senior high school students, solo parents, senior citizens, and PWDs receive P500.
In her announcement, the mayor reassured residents that the city government is committed to finding ways to improve the lives of every Manileño family. With this new benefit for children with disabilities, the government is taking steps to ensure that vulnerable members of the community receive the support they need.