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Beneficiaries of Balik Probinsya will be reunited with relatives in the Visayas.

Through the government’s “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa” (BP2) program, more beneficiaries in Central and Western Visayas will be able to reconcile with their family.

A total of 107 people from 26 families are expected to return to their native provinces of Negros Oriental, Bohol, Cebu, and Iloilo.

Anaceta Tanio, 46, expressed her joy at the prospect of seeing her parents after years of hard labor in Metro Manila.

“Dahil sa tulong ng gobyerno, nai-imagine ko na ang buhay sa probinsya. Tuwang-tuwa talaga, sa wakas, makikita ko na ang nanay ko kasi matagal din kami hindi nagkita gawa ng kakapusan sa buhay (I can already envision my life in the province thanks to the government’s assistance.) I’m overjoyed that I’ll be able to finally meet my mother (we haven’t seen each other in a long time owing to financial restraints),” Tanio said in a Wednesday interview.

The family members were processed at the BP2 Depot on Agham Road, Quezon City, and will leave Manila on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Angelie Montibano, a 41-year-old single mother from Caloocan, asked the incoming administration to continue the Balik Probinsya program so that more informal settler families can start over in their home provinces.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, the brains behind the BP2 initiative, was also praised by Montibano for fighting for a scheme that would give hope to “probinsyanos” who risked their lives to settle in Metro Manila in search of a better life.

“Sana suportahan nila itong Senator Bong Go’s program. Ito ay maganda, ngayon ngayon ngayon ngayon ngayon nga Assuredly, mas madami pang pwedeng matulungan ang programa ni Senator Bong Go pag naipagpatuloy (I hope they would support Senator Bong Go’s program.) It’s an excellent program — the best. If it continues, it will undoubtedly be able to assist many more individuals),” she stated.

Montibano and her lone daughter will return to Negros Oriental.

On May 6, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order 114 to formalize the BP2 program, which has the primary purpose of decongesting Metro Manila.

On Tuesday, a total of 13 families were dispatched to Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, and Iligan City.

Beneficiaries received instant help, including transportation allowance, food, and emergency cash aid, in addition to simple transactions for travel needs.

With the provision of long-term assistance offered through a whole-of-government policy, the BP2 will facilitate the beneficiaries’ safe return to their home provinces.

The initiative attempts to improve the quality of life in rural communities by balancing development in the countryside.

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