By Nino Luces
LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol announced on Wednesday that the P3,861,435,000.00 fund for the implementation of Social Amelioration Program (SAP) for non-Pantawid beneficiaries has been given to different local government units (LGUs) in the Bicol region.
Marygizelle Mesa, DSWD Bicol information officer said that the SAP funds intended for non-Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) has been distributed to all 114 LGUs as of April 8, 2020.
The SAP is an emergency cash subsidy of the DSWD intended for the poorest of the poor families affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“These are the families that belong to either the poor or the informal sector which are at risk of not earning a living during this crisis or who may have at least one member belonging to any of the vulnerable or disadvantaged sectors such as senior citizens, persons with disability, pregnant and lactating women, solo parents, overseas Filipinos in distress, indigent indigenous peoples, underprivileged sector and homeless citizens, and informal economy workers,” Mesa said.
They will be receiving P5,000.00 to P8,000.00 depending on the prevailing regional minimum wage rates and the existing subsidy programs of the local and national governments.
“The “Bayanihan to Heal As One” Act empowers the national government to provide an emergency subsidy to 18 million low-income families as defined in this joint memorandum circular (JMC). The subsidy shall amount to a minimum of P5,000 to a maximum of P8,000 a month for two months to provide for basic food, medicine, and toiletries,” Mesa said.
She said that in Bicol region, the amount of P5,000.00 will be given to 772,287 non-Pantawid poor families inclusive of the Universal Cash Transfer (UCT) under Listahanan 2.0. They will be given P5,000.00 per month for the months of April and May.
“The 315,544 of the 374,627 beneficiaries of 4Ps who have cash cards started receiving their cash subsidies under SAP last April 3, 2020 at P3,650.00 each in addition to their rice subsidy of P600 and health grant of P750 for April,” she said.
Mesa explained that 4Ps beneficiaries with no cash cards will be scheduled for over-the-counter withdrawal at the Landbank of the Philippine (LBP).
“The joint memorandum circular entered into by the DSWD is in coordination and collaboration with other national government agencies such as, but not limited to, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). These agencies shall implement social protection programs, projects, and services to mitigate the effects of the declaration on the economic, physical, and psychosocial well-being of the most vulnerable sectors,” Mesa said.