By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Aside from the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in seven regions, low-income households in the National Capital Region (NCR) have started receiving their emergency subsidy.
DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao said they started releasing funds to low-income families in Parañaque City.
Dumlao said the poor residents in Parañaque received their emergency subsidy on Friday, same day when the DSWD started releasing the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) Bayanihan Fund: Tulong Laban sa COVID-19 to 4Ps beneficiaries.
The low-income households in the NCR are expected to receive P8,000 emergency subsidy, while at least seven regions will receive the minimum P5,000.
Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act mandates that each low-income household shall receive an emergency subsidy ranging from P5,000 to P8,000 per month for two months.
During the “Laging Handa” briefing aired on PTV4 Thursday, DSWD secretary Rolando Bautista said the cash support can be given immediately depending on the local government units’ submission of its master list of beneficiaries.
The LGUs are tasked to prepare and endorse the list of target beneficiaries with the complete documentary requirements to the concerned DSWD field office for verification.
Bautista announced that out of the P200 billion allocated for the implementation of the government’s Emergency Subsidy Program, the DSWD received P100 billion from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for distribution to 18 million low-income households “in the next three days.”
He said aside from 4Ps beneficiaries, those who will benefit from the government’s social amelioration package are informal economy workers (directly-hired or occasional workers, subcontracted workers, home workers, house helpers, drivers of pedicab, PUVs and tricycles.
Also standing to benefit from the program are transportation network vehicle service (TNVS) drivers, micro entrepreneurs and producers, family enterprise owners, and sub-mininum wage earners such as farmers, employees affected by “No Work, No Pay” policy, and stranded workers.
Also included in the list of beneficiaries are other households with members belonging to the vulnerable sectors — seniors, persons with disabilities, pregnant and lactating women, OFWs in distress, indigents, indigenous peoples, underprivileged individuals and other members of vulnerable sectors.
The DSWD will use the existing list of 4Ps and the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program to validate the list to be submitted by the LGUs.