Philippines

8.9M SAP 2 beneficiaries get aid

8.9M SAP 2 beneficiaries get aid

By Christine Cudis  

THANKFUL. Ardiolito Jaro, 65, a resident of Barotac Viejo in Iloilo, receives the financial aid allotted by the government for his family to cover for the losses of income amid the public health crisis. He is grateful for the cash aid provided by the government as work on the farm failed to sustain the needs of his family during the pandemic. (DSWD Western Visayas photo)

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that as of August 1, they have already completed the payouts of some 8,979,360 families who were hard-hit by the coronavirus disease pandemic 2019 (Covid-19).

DSWD said it has rolled out some PHP58.5 billion of financial assistance through digital and manual transactions.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista earlier said they are eyeing to complete the payouts for the 17 million low-income family beneficiaries of the second wave of the cash aid by July 31.

In a Viber group with reporters, DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao on Monday said they are still keeping their promise to release the financial assistance immediately.

“Our payouts are still ongoing,” she said.

Earlier, Bautista explained that the aid will reach beneficiaries living in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas, or places in conflict and those that have little to no access to internet or without presence of payment partners of any of the financial service providers (FSPs) tapped by the agency to hasten the process.

“DSWD staff along with the police and military will be coming to them to personally hand out their aid,” he said in one of the agency’s briefers.

Among the challenges faced by the agency, Bautista said, include mobility constraints to geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas, as well as the exposure of SAP implementers to health risks.

Bautista also clarified that aid for these areas will reach them no later than August 15.

In previous reports, DSWD Undersecretary Danilo Pamonag explained to Congress that other challenges they encounter that contributed to the delay is the stringent validation process of local government units (LGUs) in determining eligible beneficiaries.

The delay caused by the validation process was further amplified by the grievances received from waitlisted families, he added. (PNA)

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