BAGUIO CITY — The bereaved families of the Special Action Force (SAF) heroes from the Cordillera already received livelihood assistance from the government.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Cordillera Region Officer-in-Charge Director Janet Armas on Tuesday, January 26, said the national office of the department released a total of PhP1,694,536 worth of livelihood assistance to the families of the 14 Cordilleran SAF members who were killed in the Mamasapano, Maguindanao incident on January 25, 2015.

The financial assistance is from the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the DSWD, she said, adding that DSWD continues to help and support the families of the Cordillera SAF members.

The family members including some parents of the slain SAF, received the first tranche of the livelihood assistance corresponding to 70 percent of the proposed project cost.

The remaining 30 percent of the proposed funding assistance will be provided upon the full utilization of the release.

Armas added the livelihood assistance is still part of the interventions being given to the families of the SAF heroes to help them recover.

Early last year, the DSWD provided financial assistance and psychosocial interventions to all the families of the SAF in the Cordillera Region. PNA/northboundasia.com