DSWD distributes P2.6-B cash aid for poor families under Bayanihan 2

Published January 16, 2021, 5:53 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has distributed over P2.6 billion in cash subsidies to more than 420,000 poor families  under Bayanihan 2.

The DSWD reported that as of Jan. 15, they have  disbursed P2.674 billion in cash aid to around 420, 901 recipients under the government’s Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) as provided for by  Republic Act No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, also known as Bayanihan 2.

Around 71, 041 families from areas under granular lockdown have benefited from the ESP, receiving cash assistance amounting to P374 million, it said. 

The department noted that some P2.3-billion worth of cash aid has been extended to 349, 860 “additional beneficiaries” or those non-Social Amelioration Program (SAP) recipients.

The DSWD had vowed to complete the distribution of the Bayanihan 2 cash aid within this month.

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