13.85 M beneficiaries have received SAP 2 aid -- DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Saturday so far, over 13.85 million beneficiaries have received their second tranche of emergency cash subsidy under the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

Citing its latest SAP monitoring report, as of 8 p.m., Sept. 18, the DSWD said it has covered around 13,858,552 SAP 2 recipients, receiving P82.73-billion worth of cash aid.

It reassured the public that the digital and manual payouts "will continue" to cover the unserved beneficiaries, including the waitlisted beneficiaries.

“Ayon po sa ulat nitong ika-18 ng Setyembre, tayo po ay nasa 97 percent na sa pamamahagi ng SAP (Based on the report, as of Sept. 18, the SAP distribution rate is now at 97 percent),” the DSWD said.

It reported that the amount of disbursed SAP subsidy totaled P82,731,680,650.

Based on the report, around 169, 939 drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs) and the Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) nationwide have benefited from the second tranche distribution of SAP while 72, 514 public transport drivers from areas placed under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) have receivdn their SAP allocation.

The list of latest recipients of the SAP 2 aid also include 1,387,021 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps); 5,978,043 low-income and non-4Ps recipients; 3,279, 240 “waitlisted,” low-income, and non-4Ps households nationwide; and 1,827, 982 “waitlisted” beneficiaries from ECQ areas.

In a virtual press briefing, DSWD Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje disclosed that its four partner-financial service providers in the National Capital Region (NCR) have recorded some 853,000 cases of “failed” transactional accounts during SAP 2 after the beneficiaries supplied conflicting information, like their first, middle, and last names; mobile numbers, and SAP ID.

He said among the reasons for failed transactions are names of the beneficiaries given in their mobile wallet registration and in the payroll are different; duplication of mobile numbers, or failure to provide their cellphone numbers.

Paje said the bulk of the 853,000 recorded failed transactional accounts was from GCash, numbering to over 660,000, followed by PayMaya with 111,000. UnionBank and Robinsons Bank recorded more than 60,000 and over 20,000 failed transactions, respectively, he said.