DSWD comes up with guidelines on COVID-19 response programs under Bayahinan 2

Published October 8, 2020, 3:58 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) disclosed Thursday that it has come up with the guidelines on the implementation of its COVID-19 response and recovery intervention programs, including the distribution of emergency subsidy to affected low-income households in areas under “granular lockdowns” as provided for under the Bayanihan to Recover As One (Bayanihan 2) Act.

“Sa kasalukuyan, nakabuo na ang DSWD ng panuntuan para sa pagpapatupad ng mga program at serbisyong ipapatupad ng ahensya sa ilalim ng Bayanihan 2,” DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said in a virtual press briefing.

(Currently, the DSWD has come up with the guidelines to implement the programs and services that the agency will be implementing under Bayanihan 2)

He said the DSWD field offices, in coordination with the local government units (LGUs), have started gathering necessary information to identify the beneficiaries.

“Ang kumpletong detalye ay ating ipapahayag sa susunod na linggo (The complete details will be disclosed next week),” Bautista said.

He clarified that the assistance that will extended by the government under Republic Act No. 11494 of Bayanihan 2 is not an extension of Social Amelioration Program (SAP) under the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act or RA 11469 or popularly known as Bayanihan 1.

“Ang mga tulong na ipapatupad sa ilalim ng Bayanihan 2 ay hindi po Social Amelioration Program. Hindi ito karugtong ng SAP dahil iba ang mga benepisyaryo at tulong na ipapahatid,” Bautista said.

(The assistance that will be implemented under Bayanihan 2 is not Social Amelioration Program. It is not an extension of SAP because the beneficiaries and assistance that will be delivered are different)

Among the programs and services that will be implemented by the DSWD under Bayanihan 2 are the emergency subsidy; Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS); distribution of food and non-food items; livelihood assistance grants (LAGs), and supplementary feeding program for day-care children.