By MB Online
Four million out of 18 million households affected by the coronavirus pandemic have already been given cash subsidy by the goverment, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Wednesday.
“Malayo pa pero na-distribute na natin ito… Inaasahan natin sa linggong ito, dadami, dodoble pa itong mabibigyan ng subsidy ng ating LGUs,” Social Welfare Undersecretary Milo Gudmalin said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo.
Gudmalin said that the agency started distributing doleout funds to LGUs last April 7.
DSWD had so far given at least P65 billion in cash to 1,228 LGUs for the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP), he added.
He also said that there are 24 million families in the country, but only 18 million will be given the financial assistance.
“Meron silang dapat na gagawin. Maglista, magkilala kung sino sino ang dapat bigyan. Dahil itong ating programa is a targeted social amelioriation program, hindi naman lahat bibigyan,” he said.
Gudmalin said LGUs have to reconcile the list of beneficiaries, which caused the slow distribution of cash aid.
“May proseso kasi na ginagawa. Nililista ng barangay kung sino ang dapat makatanggap, gagawa ng payroll, i-encash ang pera at doon mag-uumpisa ang pamimigay,” he added.
“Hindi na muna gagawa ng validation ang DSWD. Kailangan masigurado ng LGUs na qualified at entitled beneficiaries ang makakasama sa listahan,” Gudmalin continued.
Gudmalin said households who were not able to receive cash aid can appeal to the agency to be included in the second tranche of distribution.
He also added that if the LGUs have to reimburse if they distribute financial assistance to unqualified beneficiaries.
Under Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, 18 million low-income households are entitled to receive emergency cash subsidies ranging from 5,000 to 8,000 pesos based on respective regional wage rates.