DSWD soon to complete SAP 2 distribution

Published October 8, 2020, 4:44 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is close to completing distribution of the second tranche of emergency cash subsidy under the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) (MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said some P83.5 billion worth of SAP 2 subsidies have been distributed to over 13.9 million beneficiaries. 

“Ayon sa datos ngayong ika-8 ng Oktubre, nasa P83.5 billion na ang naipamigay ng DSWD sa pamamagitan ng manual and digital payout sa mahigit na 13.9 milyon na mga pamilyang benepisyaryo ng SAP,” he said in a virtual press briefing. 

(Based on October 8 data, some P83.5 billion have been distributed by the DSWD through digital and manual payouts to over 13.9 million family beneficiaries of SAP.)  

According to the agency’s latest SAP monitoring data, there are around 13,967,421 or almost 99 percent of the 14,117,957 recipients targeted to receive the second tranche of subsidies.

The disbursed SAP 2 funds totaled P83, 464, 838,000. 

Bautista said the latest list of SAP 2 beneficiaries included over 1.3 million beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps); more than 6 million low-income, and non-4Ps recipients; over 3.2 million  “waitlisted,” low-income, and non-4Ps households nationwide; more than 1.8 million “waitlisted” beneficiaries from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) areas, and 242, 453 public transport workers. 

The number of public transport driver-beneficiaries remained at 242,453, receiving more than P1.7 billion SAP subsidy allocation, the report also states. 

The breakdown of the public transport driver-recipients is as follows: 169, 939 drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs) and the Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) nationwide with over P1.21 billion SAP allocation, and  72, 514 public transport drivers from areas placed under the ECQ, receiving more than P496.5 million SAP allocation. 

The 11 areas covered by SAP 2 are Region III (Central Luzon, except Aurora province), the NCR, Region IV-A (CALABARZON), Benguet, Pangasinan, Iloilo, Cebu Province, Bacolod City, Davao City, Albay province, and Zamboanga City. 

The DSWD had declared that, for the second tranche, there are around 14,117,957 beneficiaries. These include 1.3 million 4Ps beneficiaries in ECQ areas; 7.2 million non-4Ps beneficiaries in ECQ areas from May 1 to 15; 3.2 million waitlisted families nationwide who did not receive the first tranche; and 2.1 million waitlisted families  in ECQ areas from May 1 to 15.

Last week, the DSWD appealed to the public for understanding—especially to the unserved 1.2 million SAP beneficiaries the National Capital Region (NCR)—after it failed to complete a second tranche distribution of SAP by the end of September. 

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Vicente Gregorio Tomas said qualified SAP beneficiaries that have yet to receive their SAP 2 aid need not worry since the agency is exhausting all means to expedite distribution of the emergency cash subsidies. 

He explained that the second tranche distribution has been delayed because the DSWD, along with its financial service providers (FSPs), has to reprocess failed transactional accounts following “discrepancies” in the information provided by the beneficiaries themselves.