The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to begin distributing emergency cash subsidies to “eligible" beneficiaries identified by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said more than 142,000 beneficiaries of DOLE under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) Program #Barangay Ko, Bahay KO (#BKBK) Disinfection/Sanitation Project, and over 292,000 recipients of DA are due to benefit from the second phase implementation of Social Amelioration Program (SAP) as provided under the Joint Memorandum Circular.
The circular was signed on June 9, 2020 by eight government agencies, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“Sa kasalukuyan ay prinoproseso ang payroll upang makapagsimula tayo sa pamamahagi ng ayuda. Inaasahang nasa mahigit 142,000 benepisyaryo ng Department of Labor and Employment at higit sa 292,000 benepisyaryo ng Department of Agriculture ang tatanggap ng karagdagang ayuda,” he said in a virtual press briefing.
(Currently, the payroll is being processed to jumpstart the distribution of the cash aid. It is expected that more than 142,000 beneficiaries of DOLE and more than 292,000 beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture will receive the additional assistance.)
Bautista explained that the DOLE and DA beneficiaries will receive top up assistance from the DSWD.
“Sa pakikipag-ugnayan sa DOLE at DA , naisumite na ang mga listahan ng benepisyaryo na nakatanggap ng emergency subsidy mula sa kanilang ahensya. Ito ay sumailalim din sa deduplication process upang matiyak na walang benepisyaryo ang tumatanggap o tatanggap ng ihigit sa isang emergency subsidy package,” he said.
(In coordination with the DOLE and DA, the lists of beneficiaries who got emergency subsidy from their agencies have been submitted. This underwent deduplication process to ensure that no beneficiaries will receive more than one emergency subsidy package.)
Under the JMC No. 2, the remaining balance or variance in the regional subsidy of the first tranche received shall be given (jointly or separately) with the second tranche of emergency subsidy.
The circular specifically provides that only the 3.5 million of the 5 million "waitlisted" beneficiaries will be given the first and the remaining additional beneficiaries will be given only one count of emergency subsidy.
Under the JMC No. 2, covered by the second phase of SAP are Region III except Aurora Province; National Capital Region (NCR); CALABARZON; Benguet; Pangasinan; Iloilo; Cebu Province; Bacolod City; Davao City, Albay Province and Zamboanga City.