Having a national database system of the country’s poorest households is crucial in the government’s implementation of social amelioration initiatives during crisis situations, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Thursday (July 23).
DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said apart from strengthened coordination among government agencies, they learned from the first phase implementation of Social Amelioration Program (SAP) that the government should maintain an updated database system so as to avoid the delayed delivery of assistance.
“Nakita din natin ang importansya ng pagkakaron ng accessible at available na datos ng ating kababayan na makakatulong sa pagpapatupad ng iba’t ibang social protection programs,” he said in a virtual press briefing.
(We have seen the importance of having accessible and available database of our countrymen that would help ensure the efficient implementation of different social protection programs.)
Bautista batted for the implementation of the National Identification (ID) system, which seeks to register five million Filipinos within this year.
“Dito mas napaigting ang pangangailangan sa isang national ID system na tutulong sa pagbuo ng isang database ng mga Pilipino. Ang pambansang ID ay makatutulong sa wastong pagkakakilanlan sa ating benepisyaryo. Magtatatag ito ng sistema ng targeting at tutulong sa pagtukoy sa mga bulnerableng grupo na kinakailangang mahatiran ng nararapat ng tulong.”
(This highlighted the need for a national ID system that would help create a database of the Filipinos. The national ID will help in the identification of our beneficiaries. This will establish a targeting system and will help in identifying the vulnerable groups which should be given assistance.)
He reiterated that they are eyeing to complete the manual and digital payout of the second tranche of emergency cash subsidy by July 31.
Citing their July 22 SAP monitoring data, Bautista said the DSWD has distributed P22.7 billion worth of emergency cash aid to over 3.7 million families or 21.7 percent of the 17 million beneficiaries targeted by the program.
Among those who already received the SAP 2 grants are 1.3 million beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), 1.3 million non-4Ps households and over 1.1 million “waitlisted” beneficiaries, he said.
He noted that payouts for non-4Ps households have been conducted in the National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and Regions I (Ilocos), III (Central Luzon), IV-A (CALABARZON), V (Bicol), VI (Western Visayas) , VII (Central Visayas), IX (Zamboanga Peninsula), and XI (Davao).
To expedite the second tranche distribution of emergency subsidies, the DSWD signed a memorandum of agreement with the Land Bank of the Philippines and six financial service providers identified by the Bangko Sentral Pilipinas (BSP)– GCash, RCBC, Robinsons Bank, PayMaya, Starpay, and Unionbank for the digital payment of SAP 2 aid last June 30.
Bautista took the opportunity to thank the local government units for continuously assisting the DSWD Field Offices in its digital and manual payout.
“Sana ay patuloy na manatili ang pang unawa, at pakikiisa ng mga lokal na pamahalaan sa kabila ng mga pagsubok at paghihirap na dinaranas sa implementasyon ng Social Amelioration Program. Kayo ay malaking bahagi ng programang ito dahil sa inyong taos pusong serbisyo para sa kapanan ng inyong mga kababayan,” Bautista said.
(I hope the LGUs will continue to be understanding and united with us despite the challenges and hardship being encountered in the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program. You have been a big part of this program because of your dedicated service for the welfare of our countrymen.)
The LGUs’ involvement in the second phase implementation of SAP 2 is limited to logistical and health assistance, including provision of ambulance and paramedics during the payout.