DSWD conducts manual payouts for unserved SAP 2 beneficiaries

Published February 1, 2021, 4:47 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The remaining second tranche beneficiaries of the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) are not waiting in vain for their cash aid, as the Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD) assured the public that manual payouts are being conducted to cater to unserved qualified recipients. 

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DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista made the assurance after Alitagtag, Batangas Mayor Edilberto “Dingdong” Ponggos raised concern that around 1, 151 SAP 2 recipients have not received their entitled emergency subsidy under the already-lapsed Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

“Mayor Dingdong, unang una nais naming humingi ng paumanhin kung nagkaroon tayo ng delay kasi alam natin na ang second tranche, nanghingi tayo ng assitance sa Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas para ang pagbibigay ng ayuda ay through the financial service providers,” he said during the “Laging Handa” network briefing. 

(Mayor Dingdong, first of all, we apologise if there’s delay because as you know, during the second tranche, we asked the assistance of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to distribute the subsidy through the financial service providers.)

“Hindi po naging perpekto ang pagbibigay ng ayuda through the financial service providers kaya ang ginawa po namin ay kinuha po namin ang listahan sa financial service providers, at kami na po manual na po, direct payout na po ang ibibigay sa ating mga benepisyaryo.”

(Our distribution of the cash aid through financial service providers is not seamless, that’s why we retrieved the list from the financial service providers and we conducted manual, direct payout for the beneficiaries.) 
Bautista assured Ponggos that the manual payout will be conducted on Tuesday or Wednesday to serve the remaining SAP beneficiaries in his town.

In his message during the 70th founding anniversary celebration of the agency last week, Bautista disclosed that around 23 million family-beneficiaries have benefited from the P200-billion SAP program. 
In a move to expedite the second tranche distribution of cash aid under Bayanihan 1, the DSWD signed on June 30, 2020 a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Lank Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and six financial service providers (FSPs) for the “faster and more efficient” digital payment of SAP 2 subsidies. 

The DSWD as the lead SAP implementer conducted digital and manual payouts with the assistance of the local government units (LGUs), military, and police.

During the second tranche, the beneficiaries have to register at ReliefAgad app and after complying with the requirements and verification, they are due to receive the cash aid through their restricted transactional or nominated accounts.

It was the Land Bank that downloaded the SAP funds to the FSPs  which include GCash, RCBC, Robinsons Bank, PayMaya, Starpay, and Unionbank.
The 11 areas covered by SAP 2 are Region III, except Aurora province, the National Capital Region (NCR); CALABARZON; Benguet; Pangasinan; Iloilo; Cebu Province; Bacolod City; Davao City, Albay province and Zamboanga City.