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When the BP2 recipient returns to La Union, he looks into the e-commerce business.

When she returns to La Union province, a recipient of the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” (BP2) program plans to start an e-commerce firm.

Last year, the closure of malls and large businesses across the country in reaction to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak affected thriving businesspeople hard. Diane Carol Elumba, 36, was one of them.

“Yung mga pang-puhunan ng mga gamit, nabaon kami sa utang.” Fruit juices, kasi nagba-bazaar kami, nagtitinda kami ng Hungarian (sausage). Aside from that, biglang nag-impose ng lockdown. Because of the investment for our bazaar business, where we sell Hungarian sausages and fruit liquids, we were buried in debt on a weekly basis. We lost our weekly profit after the lockdown was implemented),” Elumba stated in an interview.

Following the imposition of pandemic-related limitations, Elumba stated her family relied only on cash assistance received during the pandemic’s peak.

“Nung pandemic, natigil yung aming pagba-bazaar kasi wala nang nagma-mall eh, sarado yung mga malalaking businesses,” Elumba remarked.

Elumba revealed that her family had been planning a trip back to La Union province, which offers more space than the heavily populated Metro Manila.

“Kahit yun lang, hindi na kasi ma-experience ng mga bata na lumabas. Yung makalabas na makalanghap ng sariwang hangin talaga, gusto kong ma-experience nila yun. My children are unable to go outside and breathe fresh air because of the probinsya (My children are unable to go outside and breathe fresh air because of the probinsya). I want them to have that experience. You can travel around freely in the province and avoid infections),” she explained.

The Elumba family was one of 11 families who arrived at the BP2 depot on Agham Road in Quezon City on Tuesday to go through the dispatch process for their departure on Tuesday.

Four households, totaling 17 beneficiaries, are headed for La Union, one family, including two members, is returning to Ilocos Sur, and six families, totaling 24 beneficiaries, are returning to Iloilo province.

The BP2 program, which was established through Executive Order 114, series of 2020, is a national government project designed to alleviate traffic congestion in Metro Manila’s urban districts.

Government agencies assist recipients in navigating this shift by offering additional assistance and incentives in areas such as transportation, livelihood, family needs, sustenance, education, housing, and other areas.

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