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DSWD workers brave front lines to distribute subsidy

Davao City – Donning the personal protective equipment provided by the City Health Office, some Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) staff brave the front lines to distribute subsidy in Brgy. 23-C, a classified very high risk area.

The city government has recently urged the public to avoid going to these barangays for their significant number of COVID-19 cases. However, for the Department, this is an opportunity to show that the ‘serbisyong malasakit’ knows no bounds.

“Bisan pa sa hulga sa COVID-19 diri sa ako area, padayon man gihapon atong pagpanerbisyo diri,” Ms. Elena Alingalan, assigned city link of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), said.

Alingalan is one of the implementers of the emergency subsidy program under the social amelioration program (SAP) of the national government in the said barangay.

“Wala tay hunong diri sa pagpanarbaho apan strikto gyud ang pagpatuman nato sa mga safety protocols ilabina sa panahon sa pag-payout,” she added.

Of the barangays classified as very high risk areas, only Brgy. 13-B has completed the distribution of the emergency subsidy. SAP payouts will still be conducted in barangays 21-C, 23-C, Leon Garcia, and Buhangin Proper.

In a recent report, DSWD bared that at least 26 employees were subjected to a 14-day home quarantine following their exposure to a suspected case of COVID-19 during payout.

Despite the threat of COVID-19 in the communities, the Department is determined to complete the distribution of the subsidy even in areas with confirmed cases as the thought of still having unserved families up to this date remains a bigger challenge than the unseen coronavirus. ###

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Emergency subsidy distribution in Davao Region almost complete

DAVAO CITY – About 96.73% or 920,124 families belonging to the low-income and informal sectors in the region have received the emergency subsidy of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) amounting to P6,000 as of May 20.

Of this number, 263,945 are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries and 656,179 are non-4Ps. Some 31,069 remaining unserved families are set to receive their subsidies anytime this week.

46 out of the 49 local government units in the region have accomplished 100% implementation of the emergency subsidy program of the department.

DSWD, in its previous statements, clarified that among the reasons of the delay in the implementation is the health protocols observed during payouts.

“Dili nato ma-risgo sab ang safety sa atong mga staff ug ilabina sa atong mga benepisyaryo. Maong, atong gina-limit ra sab ang atong ma-cater kada adlaw,” OIC-Regional Director Grace Q. Subong said.

To date, 26 DSWD employees were subjected to a 14-day home quarantine following their exposure to a probable case of COVID-19 during payout.

The department who does direct cash payout in Davao City also considered the delayed submission of qualified beneficiaries in some barangays as one of the factors for the delay.

“Atong ginapaningkamutan nga mahuman ni ang atoang pag-implementar sa programa bisan pa nga aduna kitay mga limitasyon,,” Director Subong added.

The Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the national government shall be provided to the families most affected by the virtual economic standstill and most vulnerable to the economic slowdown resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and are now unable to earn their daily sustenance under the stay-at home or community quarantine conditions. ###

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DSWD posts partial list of SAP beneficiaries on website

In a move to promote transparency, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has started to post the list of the names of the beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) on the websites of its Field Offices (FOs).

DSWD explained that it has been advocating for transparency in the implementation of SAP. Providing the public with access to the list of the beneficiaries will help ensure an orderly management of the funds provided for the program.

DSWD FOs are currently preparing the full list of the paid beneficiaries for posting on their websites, which the public may easily access through dswd.gov.ph. The websites will feature the list of SAP beneficiaries in the provincial, municipal, and barangay levels.

The publication of the list of the SAP beneficiaries will also allow the public to know who have received the assistance and scrutinize whether these beneficiaries are really qualified for the aid based on the eligibility criteria contained in the guidelines of the program.

The public may report to DSWD, through its Grievance Redress System (GRS), those whom they think are unqualified based on the list. The grievances related to the SAP implementation will be managed and monitored by the DSWD FO XI – Operations Center (OpCen) through its hotlines: 0977-6586-628, 0951-8220-810, and 0975-5537-811. The OpCen shall receive complaints and ensure proper referencing and reporting to concerned office for validation and/or investigation.

The partial list of SAP beneficiaries in Davao Region may be viewed through this link: fo11.dswd.gov.ph.

SAP, spearheaded by DSWD under Republic Act (RA) 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as On Act, provides emergency cash subsidy amounting to P5,000 to P8,000 to 18 million low-income families, based on regional minimum wage rate, assessed to be most affected by the imposition of community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, given their existing life situations or circumstances. ###

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DSWD advises seniors, PWDs to send representatives to claim SAP

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is reiterating its previous advice and reminder to senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) to refrain from going out and lining-up to claim their emergency subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the government. Instead, they can send a representative to claim the cash aid if these are given through payouts.

This advisory is issued following the reports of cases of senior citizens who passed away while queuing to receive their cash subsidies. The DSWD extended sympathies to the bereaved families of these senior citizens and ensured that their families will be given appropriate assistance.

The DSWD also urges the local government units (LGUs) to have a standby ambulance with available paramedics in the site/s of payout. Compliance with the stringent social distancing measures in the identified distribution points is likewise enjoined to ensure the safety of the beneficiaries.

Moreover, the DSWD highly recommended that the LGUs do a door-to-door delivery of cash aid to families with senior citizens and persons with disability as family heads so they will no longer need to go out of their homes.

Based on protocols set by the Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) under the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, persons below 21 years old and those who are above 60, as well as pregnant women and those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, and other health risks, should remain in their residences at all times, as they are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. The existing conditions of these sectors shall likewise be taken into consideration so the queuing protocols may not cause them inconvenience or difficulty.

DSWD called on the public to always heed the advice of their local authorities and to strictly observe the community quarantine protocols  on social distancing, wearing of face masks, and proper handwashing to protect themselves and their families from the virus. ###

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DSWD starts payout for Social Pension beneficiaries

To augment the needs of indigent senior citizens during the enhanced community quarantine, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already started the 1st semester payout of its Social Pension (SocPen) Program.

As of May 1, a total of 77,531 indigent senior citizens in Region XI have already received their pension for the first semester amounting to P3,000 pesos each at P500 per month from January to June, equivalent to more than P232 million.

Meanwhile, other DSWD Field Offices (FOs) are now finalizing the fund transfer process with concerned local government units (LGUs) for the immediate release of the stipend of remaining beneficiaries.

To ensure the efficient payout, the FOs will provide the official list of social pensioners to LGUs and forge a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the distribution of the grant specifically for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine. Once the MOA is signed, DSWD will transfer the fund to concerned LGUs for payout to beneficiaries.

Some FOs are also conducting cash payouts directly to the senior citizen-beneficiaries through their Special Disbursing Officers (SDO). However, the distribution schedules may depend due to the ongoing implementation of the enhanced community quarantine and other circumstances in the area.

SocPen is a program under Republic Act No. 9994 or the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010” which provides monthly stipend amounting to P500 to indigent senior citizens in order to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs. It is distributed on a semestral basis at P3,000 per semester or P500 per month for six (6) months.

The law specifies that seniors qualified to receive social pension are those who are frail, sickly or with disability; without any pension from other government agencies; and without a permanent source of income or source of financial assistance/compensation to support their basic needs.

The Department assures the public that it will adhere to existing safety and health protocols in determining the best payout method to lessen the exposure of its beneficiaries and personnel to COVID-19. ###

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