CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)—The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 clarified that Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) and Hatid Probinsya programs differ in objectives, clientele and directions, June 2.
DILG-10 Assistant Regional Director Yvette Tolentino Sunga said BP2 is a long-term program that aims to provide hope for a better future to Filipinos through equity in resources throughout the country that will boost countryside development.
Such is geared towards addressing congested urban areas by encouraging people, especially informal settlers to return to their home provinces. They will be assisted during the transition with support and incentives on transportation, family, livelihood, housing, subsistence and education, among others.
The BP2 was rolled out through Executive Order No. 114, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, May 6.
Sunga said BP2 has three phases including the immediate phase which is intended to provide aid, transportation and livelihood to those who would want to return to their provinces.
The mediate phase targets to provide decent jobs, and house and lot. It also aims for the institutionalization of health and education services, and peace and order.
The long-term phase comprised the strengthening of urban renewal and rural development.
Futhermore, with BP2, local government units (LGUs) will be empowered to effective management crises to come and build resilient communities.
On the other hand, Hatid Probinsya is a short-term humanitarian effort to send home locally stranded individuals due to implementation of community quarantine, Sunga said.
The Hatid Probinsya aims to help stranded people, including workers, students, travelers and tourists to return to their provinces.
To apply for BP2, one will need to inquire to the nearest Balik Probinsya Center, fill-out the assessment form which can also be obtained from https://balikprobinsya.ph, and submit the completed form. For inquiries, one may call the BP2 hotline through 0919 0692 530 or 0919 0657 896. (RTP/PIA10)