The Philippine government has already distributed emergency cash subsidy amounting to PHP42.8 billion to more than 6.5 million beneficiaries in various regions under the second tranche of Social Amelioration Program (SAP 2), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista said in a live conference on Facebook on July 28, 2020.
Bautista said the DSWD continues to hasten its efforts to deliver cash assistance to poor families who were affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
“We are doing everything to complete the distribution by the end of July as we have promised. However, for conflict-affected and remote areas, the aid will reach them around the first or second week of August,” Bautista said.
As of July 28, 2020, Bautista said the following are SAP 2 beneficiaries who already received cash aid:
- More than 1.3 million Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) beneficiaries;
- More than 3.2 million low-income non-4P’s low-income beneficiaries;
- More than 1.8 million low-income, non-4P’s and waitlisted beneficiaries; and
- More than 200,000 waitlisted family beneficiaries who were living in areas declared under enhanced community quarantine on May 30.
Bautista also said noted that digital transactions were introduced for SAP 2 distribution with financial service providers in the program.
“Through digital payouts, we are not only giving out the aid, but we are also teaching the beneficiaries to save and learn digital transactions. This follows our vision of financial inclusivity and inclusive growth for the low-income families)” Bautist said. (PNA)