The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Monday that it is eyeing to complete the distribution of the second tranche of emergency cash subsidy under the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) by the second week of August.
DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said they have so far served 8, 979, 360 beneficiary-families nationwide through digital and manual payout.
"Umabot tayo ngayon ng 63 percent (We are now at 63-percent), kasi marami pang payroll na ipopo-proseso (many payrolls will be processed), ang ma-i-commit namin (what we can commit) ay aabot tayo ng 80 percent within this week (we will reach 80 percent this week), and hopefully by the second week of August, ay makaabot tayo ng 100 percent ( we can reach 100 percent), ayun ang tinatarget ng DSWD (that’s the target the DSWD),” he said during the "Laging Handa” network briefing on Monday.
Citing their SAP monitoring data as of August 2, he said over P58.5 million SAP aid has been distributed by the DSWD.
In mid-July, the DSWD said the digital and manual payout for the second tranche of emergency cash subsidy will be completed by July 31, except in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) and conflict-affected areas.
DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao earlier said they are targeting to complete the SAP 2 distribution by July 31, but for far-flung areas and high-risk areas, the payout will be finished by August 15.
During a virtual press conference on July 28, Bautista hinted that the distribution of SAP 2 aid might be extended until the first two weeks of August should they fail to meet the target July 31 deadline.“Pipilitin po natin na maipamahagi ang lahat ng ayuda sa loob ng buwan ng Hulyo. Kung sakali po hindi ito matapos, ang ating pagtataya ay maipamahagi ang lahat ng ayuda sa loob ng unang dalawang linggo ng Agosto dahil mayroon po tayong mga benepisyaryo na sa malalayong lugar, mga conflict-affected areas, at iba pang mga kadahilanan na makikita naming makakaantala sa pagbabahagi ng ayuda,” Bautista said. (We will try to distribute all the cash aid within this month of July. If this will not be completed, we estimate that all the emergency subsidy will be distributed within the first two weeks of August because we have beneficiaries in far-flung areas, conflict-affected areas, and we have seen other reasons which might delay the distribution of the aid.)
For the second tranche, the DSWD is expected to distribute cash aid to 17 million beneficiaries, including the five million waitlisted beneficiaries.
Bautista also assured the public that the DSWD will continuously coordinate with the local government units (LGUs) to respond to the immediate needs of their constituents after President Duterte placed the National Capital Region (NCR), and the provinces of Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal back to the modified enhanced community quarantine for 15 days effective Tuesday, August 4, 2020 amid the increasing cases of COVID-19.