BAGUIO CITY: A total of 355 beneficiaries have availed of the Department of Social Welfare and Development regional office's livelihood assistance grant amounting to P5,055,000, according to the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) under Betty Fangasan. In Monday's flag-raising rites at City Hall led by Rep. Mark Go, Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, CSWDO deputy chief Liza Bulayungan said the grant was distributed to the beneficiaries on June 14 at the Baguio Convention Center. "The amount granted is of great aid to our clients in augmenting their livelihood that would uplift their quality of life," she added. The CSWDO was also able to collect P418,540 as rollback from the city's self-employment assistance (SEA) beneficiaries as of June 15 this year, which represents a huge decrease in rollback collections as compared to previous years, Bulayungan said. She added the shortfall can be blamed on the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, since the SEA beneficiaries were not able to work because of lockdowns and other restrictions. Meanwhile, the city government, thru the CSWDO and Public Employment Services Office (PESO), has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the Department of Labor and Employment-Cordillera Administrative Region (DoLE-CAR) in implementing the DoLE Kabuhayan Project. A total of 173 profiled vendors at Burnham Park were identified as recipients of the project with a total funding of P5,145,590 that was already downloaded by the DoLE to the city government.