UPDATE: DSWD Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa Program 2022

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The DSWD Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pagasa (BP2) Program, signed by former president Rodrigo Roa Duterte, has been effective, with positive results overall. Many families have been reunited, and housing developments have sprung up all around the nation. Let’s look at how the Balik Probinsya Program has been faring this 2022.

A Recap: What is the Executive Order No. 114

What is an executive order? It’s a declaration by the President that has the force of law. It doesn’t require Congress to take effect. The “Balik Probinsya Program” intends to give Filipinos hope for a better future by distributing human resources to support rural development. 

The program was already in the works long before the pandemic began. However, passing it through Congress slowed the process. Thus, the only solution found was to turn it into an executive order.

The pandemic also laid off many employees, rendering them jobless and unable to return to their provinces due to the strict Covid-19 protocols. The former President then gave the order at the height of the pandemic to reduce the number of infections and help the jobless return to their families. 

Applying for the DSWD Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pagasa (BP2) Program this 2022 Online

In this digitalized age, applying online for most government programs is available. With that said, here is a step-by-step guide on the online application for the DSWD Balik Probinsya Program 2022.

  1. Go to this website: https://bp2.nha.gov.ph/
  2. Click on apply at the top right corner of the page.
  1. Fill out the application form with the necessary details.
  1. After filling out the form, wait for a call, text, or email confirming your application.

After you are deemed eligible for the program, you will undergo a few seminars where they will explain what will happen to you and the process you will experience—no need to fear since the government will be with you throughout the relocation process.

Moreover, the government will help you improve your social status by giving you skills that will help you find a suitable job or grants to help you start your own business or grow an existing one.

FAQs: Balik Probinsya Program

What are the programs available to returnees?

The program’s long-term plans aim to provide numerous investments in infrastructure, agriculture, business, transportation, and access to a responsive healthcare system guaranteeing the continuous improvement of economies and quality of life in the provinces.

Livelihood options offered under the BPP:

  • Agriculture
  • Agri-business
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Ship-building
  • Electronics
  • Wellness & Spa
  • BPO & Online jobs
  • Food & Bars
  • Transportation service
  • Service/security
  • Utility works

Who can avail the Balik Probinsya Progarm?

Not everyone is eligible to be a beneficiary of the program. This is because there are priority targets that the government has set its sights. These people are:

  • Victims of calamities and health hazards
  • Those affected by government projects and legal demolition activities
  • Families living on the street and in danger zones
  • The Unemployed
  • Informal Settlers
  • Families in the marginalized, disadvantaged, or vulnerable sectors

DSWD and its plans

The DSWD supports this effort by conducting psychosocial support activities for returning families and providing transportation assistance. They will also assess their situation and promote reintegration into their previous or new communities.

Furthermore, DSWD is prepared to provide relocation and transitional packages, which includes basic amenities such as food, electricity, and water, to help the Balik Probinsya 2 beneficiaries settle in their hometown, either old or new. In addition, DSWD will also provide livelihood settlement grants to sustain their livelihood or continue their economic activities.

The DSWD’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) will provide other interventions, specifically community grants for eligible local government units with returning families to fund projects. Examples of these projects are:

  • Farm-to-market roads.
  • Isolation facilities for the Covid-19 infected, 
  • Multi-purpose hall.
  • Other highly-prioritized needs of the community;

The DSWD advocates those who wish to avail of the program to inquire through the DSWD email, address balikprobinsya@dswd.gov.ph, or call the hotline (02) 8952-0697 or (02) 8931-8101, local 513.

DOLE and their Livelihood Programs

Together with the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will strengthen its promise of inclusive growth by providing sustainable livelihood through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).

DOLE’s flagship program, the DILP gives grant assistance for capacity-building on livelihood and entrepreneurial ventures for those returning to their province. With this program, equal economic growth across the nation is attainable.

It is part of DOLE’s contribution to the government’s plan of massive job generation and substantial poverty reduction through inclusive growth. It aims to reduce the vulnerability to the risks of the poor and marginalized workers by providing them access to grant assistance for capacity building on livelihood ventures for individual or group undertakings. – WhatALife!/Vaughn

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Also read: Balik Probinsya Program Guide: Requirements and How to Apply


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