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121 people returned to Leyte under Balik Probinsiya program — Palace

More than 100 people have returned to Palo in Leyte following the pilot implementation of the Balik Probinsiya, Bagong Pag-asa Program on Wednesday, Malacañang said Thursday.

According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, the 121 beneficiaries would receive livelihood assistance from the government.

“Ito po ay panimula pa lamang at ang pangako po natin, lahat ng gustong umuwi sa probinsiya, mabibigyan po ng pagkakataon dahil alam natin na ang Balik Probinsya ay nagbibigay ng bagong pag-asa,” Roque said in a televised briefing.

Preparations were also underway for the other pilot testings to other provinces, said Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, who pushed for the implementation of the Balik Probinsiya program.

Go said the target number of Filipinos who will go home to the provinces will be around 100-300 for every roll out, depending on the capacity of the receiving local government units.

Health protocols will be followed and similar government assistance will be provided. 

President Rodrigo Duterte signed early this month an executive order creating the Balik Probinsiya, Bagong Pag-asa Council, which will direct the implementation of the government initiative meant to decongest Metro Manila and promote countryside development. — Virgil Lopez/RSJ, GMA News