DSWD to complete emergency subsidy distribution this January

Published January 3, 2021, 10:41 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) vowed Sunday to complete the distribution of emergency subsidy under Bayanihan 2 within this month. 

(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao said they are targeting to finish the payout to poor families from areas under granular lockdown and to additional beneficiaries or those who did not receive Social Amelioration Program (SAP) subsidies  by end of this month. 

“Magpapatuloy po ang payouts natin sa buwan na ito. Tatapusin natin bago matapos ang buwan,” she told the DZBB in an interview. 

(Our payouts will continue this month. We will complete [the distribution] before the month ends.)

She said they are waiting for the notice of cash allocation that will be issued by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) before they could proceed with the disbursement of the Bayanihan 2 subsidies. 

“Dahil alam po natin by the end of the year,  lahat ng pera na hawak natin ay kinakailangan ibalik sa Bureau of Treasury and then the Department of Budget will issue naman po notice of cash allocation sa pagbubukas ng taon,” Dumlao explained.

(Because we know that by the end of the year, all funds that we have should be reverted back to the Bureau of Treasury and then the Department of Budget will issue the notice of cash allocation for the opening of the year.)

The DSWD has so far distributed P1.96 billion worth of emergency subsidies under Bayanihan 2, benefiting more than 300,800 families. 

The DSWD reported that as of 8 p.m., Jan. 1, around 300, 813 families have received their subsidies under Republic Act No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

Based on the latest report on the agency’s implementation of the Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) under Bayanihan 2, around 49, 037 poor families from areas under granular lockdown have received their subsidies amounting to P260 million. 

Around 251,776  “additional beneficiaries” or those who did not receive Social Amelioration Program (SAP) 1 and 2 subsidies also got their Bayanihan 2 cash aid amounting to P1.7 billion. 

Under the DSWD guidelines, among those qualified to receive the subsidies are:

– Affected low-income families in areas under gradual lockdown.

– Qualified families but were not granted SAP 1 and 2 subsidy under RA No. 11469.

– Recently returned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who belong to a low-income family and are physically residing in an area under granular lockdown.

 
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