The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it has surpassed its 14-million target beneficiaries for the second tranche of the social amelioration program (SAP 2).
DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao said their agency provided aid to 14,117,957 beneficiaries under SAP 2, adding that they have also kicked off the distribution of the emergency subsidy program under the Bayanihan 2.
DSWD Undersecretary for Special Concerns Camilo Gudmalin, for his part, has urged the remaining qualified family-beneficiaries to coordinate with DSWD’s field offices to facilitate the release of their long-overdue aid, and added that payouts continue for other beneficiaries.
He said that due to the missing and/or incorrect personal information such as contact numbers, middle names, and birthdays filled out by some beneficiaries, their cash assistance was not delivered on time by DSWD’s financial institution partners.
“DSWD appeals to beneficiaries who have yet to receive their cash aid to check with your respective regional offices so they can track the reasons why your grants were delayed,” he said in the vernacular.
SAP 2 covers 11 areas — Region 3 (Central Luzon) except Aurora province, National Capital Region, Calabarzon, Benguet, Pangasinan, Iloilo, Cebu province, Bacolod City, Davao City, Zamboanga City and Albay.
The “Bayanihan to Heal As One” Act mandates the national government to provide emergency subsidies to low-income families amounting to a minimum of P5,000 and a maximum of P8,000 a month for two months to provide them food, medicine and other basic needs.