The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Thursday, July 9, that the distribution of the second tranche of emergency cash aid under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) is now in “full swing.”
DSWD Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje said there is all-out distribution of the second wave of cash assistance to over 12 million beneficiaries after the agency already started its digital payment of SAP 2.
“Para po sa ating benepisyaryo, matatanggap na po ninyo ang inyong ayuda ngayong nakapagsimula na tayo ng digital payment ng Social Amelioration Program. Inaasahan natin na sa mga susunod na araw ay mas marami pa po na kwalipikadong pamilya o benepisyaro ang makakatanggap ng kanilang subsidy ngayong full swing na o full blast na ang ating distribution ng ikalawang yugto ng ating Social Amelioration Program,” he said in a virtual press briefing.
(To our beneficiaries, you will receive your cash aid since we already started the digital payment ng Social Amelioration Program. We hope that in the next coming days, more families or beneficiaries will receive their subsidy now that the distribution of the second tranche of Social Amelioration Program is in full swing.)
Paje made the declaration, two days after lawmakers criticized the DSWD over its “turtle-paced” distribution of emergency cash aid.
He said the six financial service providers (FSPs) tapped for the digital payment of SAP 2– GCash, RCBC, Robinsons Bank, PayMaya, Starpay, and Unionbank–will help out the DSWD in distributing the cash aid to the beneficiaries.
He said GCash will be involved in the digital payout in seven regions–National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Regions I (Ilocos), III (Central Luzon), IV-A (Calabarzon), VI (Western Visayas) , and VII (Central Visayas).
Starpay will help in the SAP distribution in the seven regions, and Regions IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) and XII (Soccksargen)
PayMaya will cater to the beneficiaries in NCR, CAR, and Regions III, IV-A, and VII.
Union Bank will be involved in the SAP payout in NCR, Regions I, III, IV-A, VI, and VII.
RCBC will serve SAP recipients in Regions I, III, IV-A, V (Bicol) and VII, and Robinsons Bank in NCR and Regions IV-A and V.
Paje assured that the DSWD has distributed cash grant to SAP beneficiaries in Cebu.
According to him, around 10, 933 “waitlisted” beneficiaries received their SAP grant in Cebu City.
He noted that as of July 9, nine local government units (LGUs) in the Cebu province with 4,513 families have been given SAP allocation.
Paje said the DSWD has distributed P1.5 billion SAP 2 aid to over 1.3 million beneficiaries.
He said the agency also provided cash grant to 1.2 million waitlisted beneficiaries in CAR, Regions I, III, IV-A, VI, VII, VIII, XI, and XII.
He said the DSWD conducted digital payout to waitlisted beneficiaries in Caloocan City, Makati City, and Quezon City.