40,000 poor families helped by Bayanihan 2 --DSWD

Over 40,000 low-income families have benefited from the Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) under Bayanihan 2, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has reported. 


The DSWD said so far, it has distributed emergency subsidies worth P271 million to around 40, 919 poor families as provided for under Republic Act No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

Citing its latest data, as of 8 p.m., Dec. 1, it said around 6, 955 families from areas under granular lockdown received their entitled subsidy, while, around 33, 964 “additional beneficiaries” or those who were not given Social Amelioration Program (SAP) 1 and 2 subsidies also benefited from the Bayanihan 2’s subsidy program.

The subsidies  distributed to beneficiaries in granular lockdown amounted to P38.5 million, while some P232.5 million worth of subsidies have been given to a total of 33, 964 additional beneficiaries. 

Under the DSWD guidelines, among those qualified to receive the subsidies 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 who belong to a low-income family and are physically residing in an area under granular lockdown.