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The province of Ilocos Norte has issued a ‘matulungin card’ to help with economic rehabilitation.

CITY OF LAOAG – The province of Ilocos Norte has begun distributing insurance cards, or “matulungin” cards, to families who have been severely impacted by the coronavirus disease pandemic of 2019 (Covid-19).

758 workers in manufacturing, retail and trade services, business process outsourcing, janitorial services, and security personnel were among the first batch of beneficiaries who received the government-funded cards at the Robinsons Mall in San Nicolas town on Thursday, according to Luzviminda Ortal, officer-in-charge of the Sustainable and Development Center (SDC) under the Ilocos Norte government.

Valid until November 30, 2024, each cardholder is entitled to a maximum of PHP10,000 in medical bill savings or PHP50,000 in death benefit coverage if the reason for death is due to an accident.

“The governor has ordered that ‘matulungin’ cards be distributed to chosen workers in Covid-affected companies. “For the first batch, we plan to give 10,000 cards,” Ortal said in an interview.

The program has a PHP2 million annual budget. Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc recognized the importance of safeguarding Ilocanos’ workers in order to maintain initiatives that give employment, livelihood, and earning possibilities.

Manotoc stressed the importance of continuing to take steps to alleviate the pandemic’s effects on local employment and livelihood.

He explained that the launch of the “Matulunging Namumuno, Maaasahang Gobyerno” is part of the distribution of card insurance.

Manotoc’s government had delivered PHP370 million in monetary help to Ilocanos who were most vulnerable during the pandemic by January 2022, in the form of cash-for-work, emergency livelihood assistance, and pay-now-work-later initiatives.

Apart from livelihood startup kits and equipment, a total of PHP40 million in micro-financing was given to entrepreneurs.

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