By Minerva BC Newman
CEBU CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Field Office VII is now preparing for the second trance payout for the distribution of the emergency cash subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).
According to DSWD-7 regional information officer Lea Quintana that there are more than 585,376 low income families in Cebu province, including independent cities like Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City, that are covered in the second trance and over 236,831 waitlisted families in the four provinces in Central Visayas region.
Quintana said that that based on Executive Order No. 112, DSWD targeted low-income families, who were under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the month of May, and the waitlisted families approved by President Duterte for inclusion in the SAP.
DSWD-7 is continuously coordinating with the local government units (LGUs) to finalize the identification and validation of eligible low-income families especially those who are in the waitlisted families, assessed to be financially and economically affected by the declaration of community quarantine, Quintana stated.
The master list forwarded by the LGUs are now being subjected to regional de-duplication, cross-matching of the names of beneficiaries with the DSWD available database and the list shared by other government agencies implementing SAP.
“This is done to ensure that the names listed have not previously received aid and to ascertain that there is no duplication of beneficiaries’ financial assistance,” Quintana added.
DSWD will lead the distribution of the second tranche of SAP with the assistance from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Quintana went on that it will also use the most expeditious means in the distribution of the emergency cash subsidy including cash cards, electronic or digital means or direct cash payout.
Quintana bared that DSWD-7 has 50 special disbursement officers (SDOs) to conduct payout to geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) in the region. The department also tapped PayMaya, an e-wallet application for non-GIDA areas payout.