21,581 low-income families that didn’t get SAP received subsidies under Bayanihan 2 —DSWD

Published November 28, 2020, 5:30 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Some 21,000 low-income families who were not given subsidies under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) 1 and 2 have instead received government aid totaling P152.6 million under Bayanihan 2.

This was disclosed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in its report on the status of the implementation of the Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) under Republic Act No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

The DSWD said, as of 8 p.m. of Nov. 27, a total of 21,581 “additional beneficiaries” (or those who were not granted SAP subsidies under RA. No. 11469 or Bayanihan 1) have received their emergency subsidies.

The ESP funds disbursed to the “additional beneficiaries” totaled to P152.6 million, it said.

Meanwhile, the agency added that around 3,139 families in areas under granular lockdown got their emergency subsidies worth a total of P16.8 million.

The DSWD said it has distributed P169.4 million worth of emergency subsidies to 24,720 low-income families, to date.
Based on the 15-page Memorandum Circular No. 22, series of 2020, signed by DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista on Oct. 5, the target beneficiaries of the subsidy program are the following:

  • affected low-income families in areas under gradual lockdown
  • those qualified families, but were not granted SAP 1 and 2 subsidy under RA No. 11469, and
  • recently returned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who belong to a low-income family and are physically residing in an area under granular lockdown.

MC No. 22 provides that low-income families in areas under “granular lockdowns” that started on Sept. 13 are entitled to receive a one-time emergency cash subsidy ranging from P5,000 to P8,000 regardless of the number of times their area has been put under granular lockdown, and regardless of any extension of these said lockdowns.