DSWD disburses P3.2-B aid under Bayanihan 2

Published January 31, 2021, 11:31 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has disbursed almost P3.2 billion in cash aid under Bayanihan 2.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) (MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

The DSWD said the national government’s implementation of the Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) under Republic Act No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act has benefited around 505, 669 beneficiaries.

A total of 74, 660 families come from areas under granular lockdown and received P394.7-million worth of cash aid.

Around 431, 0009 poor families considered as “additional beneficiaries” also received their cash subsidies amounting to P2.8 billion.

The additional beneficiaries are those who did not receive Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash aid as provided for by RA No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

The cash aid distributed to the family-beneficiaries totalled P3,194, 700,000, according to the latest report on the status of the agency’s Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) implementation under RA No. 11494.

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.

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