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5,000 LGBTQIA+ get P5,000 cash from DSWD for Pride Month

/ 10:09 AM June 25, 2024

Members of the LGBTQIA+ community in Mandaluyong City get P5,000 cash aid from First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos and House of Representatives Speaker Martin Romualdez on Monday, June 24, 2024. The assistance was coursed through the Ayuda sa Kapos ang Kita Program (AKAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Photo from Office of Speaker Romualdez

Members of the LGBTQIA+ community in Mandaluyong City get P5,000 cash aid on Monday, June 24, 2024. The assistance comes from Ayuda sa Kapos ang Kita Program (AKAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). (Photo from Office of Speaker Romualdez)

MANILA, Philippines—At least 5,000 members of the LGBTQIA+ community received P5,000 each in cash assistance through the government’s social aid for low- and middle-income earners.

The gesture is in observance of Pride Month.

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During a program in Mandaluyong City on Monday, House of Representatives Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos handed out the cash grants.

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The cash came from the Ayuda sa Kapos ang Kita Program (AKAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Romualdez said the government looks after the LGBTQIA+ community because its members have been partners in nation-building.

“The LGBTQIA+ community has long been a solid and vibrant partner in our nation’s journey toward progress and development,” Romualdez said.

“As we celebrate Pride Month, it is important to reflect on the values of acceptance, equality and love that bind us together,” he noted.

“This is a symbolic gesture of our solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community, reinforcing our resolve to create a society where everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can thrive and prosper,” he added.

READ: Workers earning no more than P23,000 monthly to get P5,000 aid – House 

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House Deputy Secretary-General Sofonias Gabonada Jr. said the 5,000 beneficiaries were from Mandaluyong City and other Metro Manila residents of the LGBT Pilipinas group.

Gabonada said the beneficiaries also received food packs from DSWD.

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Other government officials, such as Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. and Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta, were also present.

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