The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) declared Sunday that the distribution of cash aid in the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) is almost complete.
It said that only less than two percent of the more than 14.5 million targeted beneficiaries have yet to receive their cash aid.
DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao said based on their Dec. 30 report on SAP 2 implementation, they have distributed some P86.8 billion to more than 14.5 million beneficiaries.
“We’re almost done with the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program,” she told the DZBB in an interview.
“Para sa SAP, makikita na lang natin na halos less than two percent ang mabibigyan,” she noted.
(Almost less than two percent have yet to receive cash aid under SAP 2)
She said the remaining uncovered SAP 2 beneficiaries are from the National Capital Region (NCR), Calabarzon, and some parts of Central Luzon.
According to Dumlao, they are awaiting the liquidation reports from the financial service providers (FSP) they tapped for the digital payment of the SAP 2 subsidies.
“We are just waiting for their liquidation report dahil alam natin na natapos ang payout ng Dec. 31. We will check on the report kung mayroon pa pong ilan na hindi pa nabibigyan ng kanilang ayuda because of data quality issues,” she said.
(We are just awaiting their liquidation report because we learned that they completed the payout on Dec. 31. We will check on the report if there will be few beneficiaries who have not received their aid because of data quality issues)
“Ang agreement po natin diyan kung mayroon mga hindi pa nabayaran because of data quality issue, tayo ay magmag-manual payout, ibig sabihin tayo ang pupunta sa beneficiaries and we will distribute the aid,” Dumlao said.
(Our agreement is that if there will be beneficiaries who have yet to receive their aid because of data quality issue, we will conduct manual payout, meaning we will go to the beneficiaries and we will distribute the aid)
In the first tranche of SAP, the DSWD disbursed P99.9 billion to over 17.6 million family beneficiaries.
Under Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, around 18 million low income households are entitled to receive emergency subsidy amounting to P5,000 to P8,000 for two months.