100,000 qualified families told to coordinate with field offices to facilitate cash subsidy

Published November 3, 2020, 8:27 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) asked Tuesday about 100,000 qualified family-beneficiaries who have yet to receive their emergency cash subsidy to coordinate with the agency’s Field Offices to facilitate the release of their long-overdue grants under the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

DSWD Undersecretary for Special Concerns Camilo Gudmalin said so far, they have served 14 million beneficiaries of the 14.1 million targeted to receive the second wave of cash assistance.

“Sa kasalukuyan , 14 million na ang nabahaginan natin ng ayuda.Mayroong 100,000 na patuloy pa rin nating binabayaran, ” he said during the DSWD’s virtual Usapang Malasakit program. (Currently, we have distributed cash aid to 14 million beneficiaries. The payouts are still ongoing for the remaining 100,000 beneficiariaries.)

He noted that the failure of beneficiaries to supply the necessary and correct personal information, including their middle names and their cellphone numbers delayed the digital payout of the cash aid for the second tranche. 

“So, for the DSWD to finish the second tranche distribution, we are appealing to our beneficiaries if until now, they have not received their cash aid, kindly coordinate with our regional offices so that the regional offices will know those who have yet to receive their aid and that you will know the reasons why you have not received your aid—is it because of wrong spelling, lack of names or the contact numbers they gave during registration were wrong,” he said in Pilipino.

He said that to ensure that all the 14.1 million beneficiaries will receive their entitled cash aid under the already lapsed Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayahinan to Heal as One Act, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista extended the agency’s memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the six financial service providers for the digital disbursement of cash aid.

On June 30, 2020, the DSWD signed MOA  with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and six FSPs identified by the Bangko Sentral Pilipinas (BSP) for the digital payment of SAP.