The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced Wednesday, June 23, that the manual distribution of the emergency cash subsidy under the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) has already started in San Mateo, Rizal.
The DSWD said the manual payouts for unserved SAP second tranche and waitlisted beneficiaries under the already-lapsed Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, popularly known as Bayanihan 1, is ongoing in San Mateo, Rizal. Leading the payout is its Field Office (FO) Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
“Nakapagsimula na rin ng payout ang DSWD FO CAR sa San Mateo, Rizal kung saan nasa 3,726 na benepisyaryo ang target na makatanggap ng kanilang Social Amelioration (DSWD FO CAR has also started the payout in San Mateo, Rizal where 3,726 beneficiaries are targeted to receive their Social Amelioration),” it said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista visited Saturday, June 19, Taytay, Rizal to personally oversee the SAP manual payout for more than 900 unpaid SAP beneficiaries.
The DSWD announced Friday, June 18, that the SAP distribution in Manila City has been rescheduled for a later date after many residents flocked to the payout sites in high hopes of receiving their cash aid.
DSWD National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Director Vicente Gregorio “Vic” Tomas disclosed to the Manila Bulletin that “the Manila LGU has decided to stop the payout to avoid health hazards and rescheduled the payout activity for a later date.”
During the Laging Handa networking briefing early February, Bautista bared that they retrieved all the necessary data from the financial service providers (FSPs) and decided to conduct manual payout.
In April, the DSWD terminated its engagement with FSPs and decided to conduct manual payouts for unserved SAP beneficiaries.
Under RA No. 11469 or Bayanihan 1, around 18 million low-income households were entitled to receive their emergency subsidy amounting to P5,000 to P8,000 for two months.
The DSWD had noted that for the first tranche of SAP, it disbursed P99.9 billion to over 17.6 million family beneficiaries.
For the second tranche, it distributed over P87 billion worth of emergency cash subsidies through manual and digital payouts to 14.5 million family-beneficiaries.