The first batch of beneficiaries of the BP2 Program was dispatched to Iba, Zambales on March 18. Four families composed of 16 individuals were transported from Manila for their permanent settlement in their respective hometowns.  

The Provincial Government (PG) of Zambales hosted the welcome ceremony and assured the beneficiaries of the government’s support and assistance, enabling them to have a fresh start in their new places of residence. The National Housing Authority (NHA) facilitated the processing and transfer of the beneficiaries.  

RDC III – BP2 Special Committee Lead Secretariat Ms. Divina Hope V. Vallejo thanked the NHA and the Provincial Government of Zambales for their warm hospitality to the beneficiaries and solid support to the program. She informed that BP2 is a socioeconomic program of the national government that aims to address congestion in Metro Manila by encouraging its dwellers, especially informal settlers, to return to their home provinces.  The program will assist returning families in the transition by assisting them in the transportation, livelihood, housing, subsistence, and education needs, among others. The National Economic and Development Authority Region 3, as the secretariat of the RDC III – BP2 Special Committee, led the formulation of the BP2 Action Plan for Central Luzon.

Representatives from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Department of Agriculture shared information on the assistance programs available to the beneficiaries. Municipal government representatives, particularly social workers of receiving towns, were also present to assist the families with specific needs.

(Al Jonnel L. Espiritu, NEDA3-DRD)

A BP2 family-beneficiary together with officials and representatives of the Zambales Provincial Government, municipal governments of receiving towns, NHA, NEDA, TESDA, and DA during the welcome ceremony at Balin Sambali in Iba, Zambales

A BP2 family-beneficiary boards the coaster that transports them to their home municipality