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Yearender: “Serbisyong May Malasakit” hallmarks DSWD’s public service in 2020

As the nation faced various challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and the series of calamities that hit the country, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in 2020 remained true to its mandate of compassionately and promptly delivering programs, projects, and services that assist the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals and families; and to its commitment of protecting and promoting the social welfare rights of the Filipinos.

Here are the highlights of the Department’s accomplishments in 2020 reported by DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista during the Agency’s Yearend Virtual Press Briefing on December 28.

SAP & Bayanihan 2

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, DSWD, as the lead agency in social protection, has been tasked to implement the Emergency Cash Subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) provided for under Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Law. Under the law, the government shall provide emergency subsidy amounting to P5,000 to P8,000 to around 18 million low-income households  for two months.

For the first tranche of SAP, DSWD disbursed P99.9 billion to over 17.6 million family beneficiaries. For the second tranche, the Department has already provided more than P86.5 billion through manual and digital payouts to over 14.4 million family-beneficiaries of SAP for the 2nd tranche, as of December 28, 2020.

Under Bayanihan 2 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Republic Act No. 11494), DSWD has also been tasked to implement various interventions to aid in the recovery of poor families and households through the implementation of its regular programs. Aside from regular programs, the Department also implemented in the last quarter of the year the Bayanihan 2 Emergency Subsidy Program for low-income, non-formal sector family beneficiaries affected by the declaration of community quarantine measures.

-Specialized Programs-

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps)

In terms of  its specialized programs, the Department continued to implement the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), which currently serves more than 4.3 million active households, utilizing more than P49 billion program funds from January to October 2020.  4Ps is an investment in human capital which aims to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by focusing on the education and health of the beneficiaries.

Sustainable Livelihood Program

DSWD also provided livelihood support to 7,778 families through the various modalities of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), utilizing more than P1.4 billion funds. SLP is the Department’s capacity-building program that provides access to opportunities that increase the productivity of the livelihood assets of the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized communities, helping them improve their socio-economic well-being. Through SLP, beneficiaries are given the option to take either the micro-enterprise development track, which supports microenterprises to become organizationally and economically viable, or the employment facilitation track, which assists Filipinos to access appropriate employment opportunities.

Among those who were provided with the assistance were more than 800 former rebels as part of the implementation of Executive Order 70 with the aim of providing basic services to former rebels.


Meanwhile under the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), 749 sub-projects have been implemented nationwide from January to October with a budget of more than P1.9 billion, benefitting over 216,000 families in different parts of the country. Kalahi-CIDSS uses the community-driven development (CDD) strategy which allows communities to gain control over decisions and resources. Through the program, community members actively participate to identify and prioritize their community’s concerns and allow them to design, implement, and manage solutions to their priority problems.

Meanwhile, to become more responsive to the needs of poor communities around the country during the pandemic, the program has modified its operations to include the Disaster Response Operations Procedure (DROP) approach. DROP enables Kalahi-CIDSS covered areas to shift its operations from regular developmental activities into a disaster response modality to hasten the approval of community projects that will enable the restoration of the community to a pre-disaster level of functioning.

– Protective Programs –

Aside from SAP, Emergency Subsidy under Bayanihan 2, and the Specialized Programs, DSWD also ensured that clients are assisted through the protective programs. Despite the pandemic, these programs continued to be implemented taking into consideration the minimum health protocol imposed by the government.

Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations

The DSWD continues to support the recovery of individuals and families from unexpected crisis through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS). The assistance, which is delivered through the various Crisis Intervention Units (CIU) at the DSWD Central Office, Field Offices (FOs), and satellite offices in provinces, provides educational, medical, transportation, burial, and food and non-food assistance. From January to October, the Department has served 808,515  clients nationwide under the AICS.

Supplementary Feeding Program

As part of the DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government, the Department continues to implement its Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP), which is the provision of food in addition to the regular meals to children currently enrolled in child development centers and supervised neighborhood play. From January to December, more than P1.7 million children have been provided with SFP, amounting to P2.8 billion.

Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens and Implementation of the Centenarians Act

To help augment the daily subsistence and medical needs of indigent senior citizens, the DSWD continues to implement the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens. As of December, more than 3 million indigent senior citizens have received their social pension amounting to more than P9 billion. Social Pension is the provision of a P500 monthly cash subsidy to eligible indigent seniors. The subsidy is given on a semestral basis.

Meanwhile, the Department has recognized and awarded a total of 886 centenarians for 2020. Under Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016, all Filipinos who have reached 100 years old and above, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad, will be given with Centenarian gift amounting to P100,000  and a Letter of Felicitation signed by the President of the Philippines. The Department released P88.6 million for the cash gift of the centenarians for this year.

Alternative Family Care Program

DSWD also continues to implement the Alternative Family Care Program in compliance with Republic Act (RA) No. 8552 or the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998, RA No. 9523 or the Act Requiring Certification to Declare a Child Legally Available for Adoption (CDCLAA), and RA No. 10165 or the Foster Care Act of 2012.

From January to November 2020, a total of 234 children were placed for domestic adoption, while 135 were placed for foster care. Meanwhile, some 167 children have been endorsed for inter-country adoption.

Residential and Non-Residential Care Program

DSWD continues to implement The Residential and Non-Residential Care Program for vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors through the operation of residential and non-residential care facilities.

As of October 2020, a total of 6,119 clients were served in DSWD’s residential care facilities, while a total of 748 clients were served in the Department’s non-residential care facilities.

Registration, Licensing, and Accreditation of SWDAs

Embodying its regulatory functions, DSWD ensures that social welfare and development agencies (SWDAs) and service providers are implementing effective programs and services through the registration and licensing of SWD agencies and accreditation of SWD programs, services, and service providers.

As of October 2020, 101 social welfare agencies were registered and issued with license to operate, while some 145 auxiliary SWDAs were registered. Meanwhile,  51 social welfare agencies and 396 civil society organizations were accredited by DSWD.  Additionally, for social welfare service providers, the Department accredited 43 social workers managing court cases, 264 pre-marriage counsellors, and 3,212 child development workers.

Policy Formulation

Among the mandates of DSWD is to formulate policies and plans which provide direction to intermediaries and other implementers in the development and delivery of SWD services.

As part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to improve the delivery of services by local government units (LGUs) in assisting recovering persons who use drugs or RPWUD, DSWD has issued guidelines on the implementation of the Yakap Bayan Program under DSWD Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 33, series of 2020. The Yakap Bayan Program is a holistic intervention to assist RPWUDs in their recovery journey from surrendering, to treatment or rehabilitation, to aftercare, and to social reintegration to their families and communities. The guidelines aim to provide a concrete course of action that will guide the LGU Anti-Drug Abuse Councils in implementing the program.

Policies issued by the DSWD this year also include MC 16 or the “Guidelines on the Simulated Birth Rectification Act” which provides clear guidance to program implementers on the implementation of Republic Act No. 11222 o “An Act Allowing the Rectification of Simulated Birth Records and Prescribing Administrative Adoption Proceedings for the Purpose.”

In addition to the guidelines issued by the Agency in 2020 is MC 29 or the “Guidelines in the Implementation of Milk Feeding Program along with the Supplementary Feeding Program” which aims to protect children, particularly those children enrolled in Child Development Centers and Supervised Neighborhood Plays from malnutrition through milk supplementation.

Further, the Department, as the lead agency for the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster, has issued Camp Coordination and Camp Management and Protection from COVID-19 Operational Guidance to serve as a guide to disaster responders on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in camps and camp-like settings during disasters and calamities. The policy is part of the Department’s efforts to ensure that minimum health and safety protocols are followed in evacuation centers.

Disaster Response

The Department continues its provision of assistance to localities affected by the typhoons that hit the country, particularly during the last quarter of the year when a series of typhoons occurred.

From January to October, the Department reported a total of more than P1.2 Billion disaster response utilization fund. The Department has also delivered as augmentation for disaster operations of local government units a total of 861,490 family food packs and more than 2.1 million various non-food items amounting to over P841.9 million.

For the series of typhoons that occurred in the last quarter of the year, the Department provided more than P6.4 million to Regions CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, VI, and VII which were hit by Typhoon Quinta, and  more than P74.1 million worth of assistance to areas affected by Typhoon Rolly.

In addition, more than P159.8 million worth of assistance was distributed by the Department to meet the needs of the families affected by Typhoon Ulysses in Regions I, II, III, CALABARZON, V, National Capital Region, and Cordillera Administrative Region.

As part of the early recovery interventions of DSWD to families whose houses have been damaged by the recent typhoons, the Department implements Cash-for-Work (CFW) and Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA). An initial amount of more than P123 million has been released to DSWD-Field Office (FO) V to cover the ESA and CFW of 10,032 families with totally damaged houses in the Provinces of Albay and Catanduanes caused by typhoon “Rolly”. Each family receives P12,330 composed of P10,000 for ESA and P2,330 for CFW at P233.00 per day for ten (10) days.

Meanwhile, as part of the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation effort of the Department, some 276, 575 households nationwide were given CFW.

Ushering the new year with renewed commitment to dedicated public serve

With the continued threat of COVID-19, the year 2021 will undoubtedly bring new challenges, but the DSWD assures Filipinos of its consistent dedicated and compassionate public service.

The approval of the 2021 budget including that of the P176.9 billion fund for DSWD will  enable the Department to strengthen its social welfare and development programs including the 4Ps, SFP, SLP, Kalahi CIDSS, protective services for individuals and families in difficult circumstances, and disaster response and rehabilitation programs.

DSWD will leverage on these programs and services to help poor Filipinos pull through especially during these difficult times. Further, the Department, together with its personnel, will continue to work towards the realization of its ultimate goal of helping alleviate the lives of the poor from poverty.

During the briefing, the Secretary said that the year 2020 was indeed challenging but expressed optimism that DSWD will not falter despite the challenges including the criticisms from various sectors.

He stressed that the positive and negative comments will become the Department’s inspiration to improve its performance and to continue to live up to its main brand of service which is “serbisyong maagap, mapagkalinga, may malasakit, at walang puwang sa katiwalian.” ###

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DSWD partners with ADSWI to ensure effective social work practice

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista (middle) and Association of DSWD Social Workers (ADSWI) National President Ricky Bunao (right) sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ensure the development of projects and activities related to the social work profession. DSWD Assistant Secretary Noel Macalalad (left) serves as a witness to the ceremonial signing.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Association of DSWD Social Workers (ADSWI) to ensure the effective execution of social work practice in the agency on December 22 at the DSWD Central Office.

ADSWI is a legal entity composed of Registered Social Workers (RSW) employed in the DSWD whose primary objective is to participate in the formulation and implementation of policies, issues, and concerns relevant to the practice of the social work profession.

Moreover, the association aims to serve as a venue for information exchange where social workers in the Department can share practices/stories/experiences that can be used as a tool or strategy in addressing other issues and concerns that affect the social workers as public servants.

During his speech, DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista acknowledged the importance of the social work profession.

“Social workers continue to enhance the overall well-being and help meet the basic and complex needs of communities around the country. This type of work needs a lot of commitment, patience, and compassion to those who are needy,” said Secretary Bautista.

The Secretary also conveyed his gratitude to the members of ADSWI for partnering with the Department to ensure the development of projects and activities to ensure effective social work practice.

“I express my gratitude to all the social workers of DSWD and the members of ADSWI for engaging in this partnership. This collaboration will not only ensure our commitments to the ASEAN Social Work Consortium (ASWC), but will also help us in our common goal to uphold and continue to improve the standards of social work practice across the country,” the Secretary added.

Meanwhile, ADSWI National President Ricky Bunao assured the attendees that their organization will continue to support DSWD’s endeavors and advocacies.

“Social workers of DSWD will be an active partner of the Department and the Philippine government in promoting policies, development, and implementing various programs and services for the empowerment of the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged sectors as well as in advocating sustainable development and long lasting peace throughout the country,” he said.

The MOU highlights that DSWD, through the Social Welfare Institutional Development Bureau,  will work in partnership with ADSWI for the professional growth and in advocating the interest of social work profession through the formulation of plans and provision of technical assistance to targeted local social welfare and development offices (LSWDOs) and other social welfare and development (SWD) partners.

DSWD will also continue to develop strategies and linkages to support and uphold the social work profession in the country and at the ASEAN level. ###

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DSWD continues to promote public’s right to information amid pandemic

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continued to promote and recognize the people’s rights to correct information through the implementation of its Freedom of Information (FOI) program.

As a testament to its efforts, DSWD  was among the government agencies which received a special citation from the 2020 FOI Awards of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on November 25, 2020.

The special citation recognizes government agencies which continued to provide information by “keeping their channels of information open and active to the public” despite the implementation of community quarantine measures during the pandemic.

All through out the implementation of quarantine measures, the Department was able to process 1,950 FOI requests. Of which, 30.97% were successfully addressed and resolved, 57.78% were invalid due to privacy concerns, and 11.25% are still on-going.

DSWD expressed its gratitude to PCOO and will continue to consistently promote and protect the Filipinos’ right to information through the creation of proactive disclosure mechanisms for information and the conduct of competency building sessions for FOI technical staff. ###

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DSWD assists family of Sonya, Frank Gregorio; appeals to stop condemning child of perpetrator

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) expressed its condolences to the family left behind by Sonya and Frank Gregorio, the mother and son who were fatally shot in Paniqui, Tarlac.

DSWD, through its Field Office (FO) III, immediately reached out to the bereaved family of the victims and extended family food packs and a financial aid amounting to P20,000. The FO will also assess Mr. Florentino Gregorio, husband of Sonya, for the provision of medical assistance.

Likewise, DSWD FO III will also provide psychosocial debriefing to members of the Gregorio family to help them cope with the trauma brought by the unfortunate incident.  

The Department is also coordinating with its FO in Region I to ascertain the condition of Frank’s wife and child who are currently staying in Rosales, Pangasinan, for the provision of appropriate assistance.

The FO will continue to monitor the bereaved family to determine additional appropriate interventions for them.

Appeal to stop condemning child of perpetrator

Meanwhile, the DSWD is echoing the appeal to the public of the Council for the Welfare of Children, its attached agency, to stop the condemnation and cyber bullying of the child of the perpetrator.

The Department, as the lead agency in social protection, emphasized that it will put premium on the best interest of the child, including protection from any form of abuse.

The child will undergo psychosocial processing support or psychosocial first aid to help her recover from the trauma.

To date, DSWD, in coordination with the concerned LGU, has facilitated the provision of psychosocial intervention to the child at the Tarlac Provincial Hospital by a resident psychologist.

The Department will provide all assistance within its mandate to ensure that the rights of the child are upheld at all times. ###

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DSWD commits continuous aid to informal sector workers in tourism sector

(From left to right) Philippine Tour Operators Association, Inc. President Mr. Cesar Cruz; Light Rail Transit Authority Deputy Administrator Paul Chua; Department of Trade and Industry Small Business Corporation Officer Ms. Grace Dalisay; National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Rose Edillon; NEDA Undersecretary Mike de la Rosa; Department of Social Welfare and Development Assistant Secretary Rhea Penaflor; Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers, Inc. President Joel Pascual; Department of Tourism (DOT) VII Regional Director Shalimar Tamano; DOT-Tourism and Promotion Board Chief Operating Officer Atty. Anthonette Velasco-Allones; and Bohol Governor Arthur Yap pose during a press briefing on December 8, 2020 held at the Bellevue Hotel, Panglao Island, Bohol as part of the Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions, and Exhibitions and Events (MICE+E) Familiarization Trip to Bohol organized by the TBP on December 7 – 10. 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) committed to continue to assist informal sector workers in the tourism industry whose livelihood have been severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

This was emphasized by DSWD Assistant Secretary for Specialized Programs Rhea B. Peñaflor  during the recently concluded “Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions, and Exhibitions and Events (MICE+E) Familiarization Trip” to Bohol organized by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) on December 7 – 10, 2020. The activity was attended by the stakeholders and representatives from the member-agencies of the government’s National Task Force on Recovery.

“Sustainable Tourism is an important driving force, our fuel to socio-economic development and poverty reduction. It generates employment both in formal and informal sectors,” Assistant Secretary Peñaflor said as she discussed the role of sustainable tourism in the country’s way to recovery during a press conference held in Panglao, Bohol on December 8.

According to the Assistant Secretary, eligible families from the informal sectors whose livelihood were affected by the pandemic are given Livelihood Assistance Grants (LAG) under the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program, one of the agency’s social protection programs.

In Bohol alone, DSWD Field Office VII reported that a total of 2,803 families with grants amounting to P17, 910,000 have been provided with LAG, as of November 4, while an additional 1,206 families with a requested allocation of P18,890,000 are targeted to be served and are awaiting the implementation of the program.

“We commit to the Department of Tourism – Tourism Promotions Board to provide support through our social protection programs like Livelihood Assistance Grants to these informal sector workers whose livelihood were affected by the pandemic,” Assistant Secretary Peñaflor added.

The MICE+E Familiarization Trip to Bohol aimed to validate and inspect the general preparedness of the tourism industry in the new normal, as part of the government’s recovery efforts.

The National Task Force on Recovery, led by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), is mandated to focus on the development of programs, projects, and innovative delivery mechanisms applicable to the new normal. DSWD is a member of the Task Force and sits as the Chair of the Sub-Task Group on Social Recovery. ###

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DSWD launches ProdukTodo e-Commerce platform

From left to right: Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) National Program Manager Restituto Macuto, Resellee Chief Executive Officer Marc Concio,and Shopmasy/ RAF International Forwarding Phils. Inc. Marketing Manager Nancy Marquez inspect the featured products of SLP participants during the launching of the e-Commerce platform, “ProdukTodo.”

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), launched its e-Commerce/Online Marketing Platform dubbed as “ProdukTodo” on December 22 at the DSWD Central Office.

ProdukTodo is one of the strategies of SLP to mainstream the products of its participant by providing market linkages and advantageous networks through the application of concepts and principles of social marketing, e-commerce, and other technology-aided methodologies.

Likewise, ProdukTodo serves as the platform, staging area, and market facilitator for eligible and good quality products and services of the SLP Associations and individual program participants.

In his message, DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista highlighted the importance of the initiative to fully support and facilitate the positive changes in the participants’ livelihood development efforts.

Sa pamamagitan ng ProdukTodo, mas malawak ang mararating ng mga produkto ng ating mga participants at magkakaroon sila ng pagkakataon upang mas mapagbuti ang kanilang mga kaalaman, kakayahan, at kasanayan sa mga negosyong kanilang napili at nasimulan,” said the Secretary.

He also congratulated and thanked the implementers of the SLP, together with their partner stakeholders – the Shopmasy and Resellee, for their steadfast efforts in pursuing innovation to address the challenges of translating human capital into gainful financial contributions that will benefit the clients of the Department.

As DSWD’s lead strategy in building capabilities and bridging livelihood opportunities to its target communities and individuals, the SLP has been on a persistent endeavor to further strengthen its network of support and relevant interventions in the context of livelihood development.

As of October 2020, there are 7,778 families provided with assistance under the different modalities of SLP nationwide.

Through SLP, the Department will continue to ensure the provision of gainful livelihood opportunities to members of the poor and marginalized sectors. ###

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DSWD relief operations still ongoing in Typhoon-Ulysses hard hit areas

Field Offices (FOs) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in areas hardest hit by Typhoon Ulysses continue to assist local government units (LGUs) in their disaster relief operations for their affected constituents.

In Cagayan Province, P22 million worth of food and non-food items were delivered by DSWD FO II to affected areas in the region.

The FO also started on November 18 the distribution of burial assistance amounting to P10,000 each to bereaved families in Alcala, Gonzaga, Gattaran, and Tuguegarao City in Cagayan, as well as  from Maddela and Nagtipunan, Quirino. In addition, the FO also sent 1,000 FFPs each to Alcala and Enrile, Cagayan.

In CALABARZON, the DSWD FO here has already extended P13.6 million worth of augmentation assistance to the provinces of Rizal, Laguna, and Quezon.

Meanwhile, in Bicol Region, DSWD FO V has provided 27,266 FFPs to affected areas in Albay, Camarines Sur, and Camarines Norte amounting to P13.8 million. In addition, non-food items comprising of 13,028 pieces of malong, 300 sleeping kits, and 1,738 laminated sacks were also distributed to affected families and individuals. Overall, the DSWD assistance to Bicol region is P18.7 million.

In the National Capital Region, DSWD FO NCR has extended 13,430 FFPs and 1,200 sleeping kits to affected LGUs amounting to more than P7.7 million.

The Department, as lead agency in the Food and Non-Food Item Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, ensures the sufficiency of food and non-food items that can be augmented to local governments in the event of a calamity or disaster. ###

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DSWD clarifies online fake news on SAP 3

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) clarified that the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) under the Bayanihan 1 is given only in two tranches.

The clarification came after various social media posts circulated online on the alleged implementation of a third tranche of SAP.

The DSWD explained that there is an ongoing payout for the Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) which is a provision of Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2.

However, Bayanihan 2 ESP is not SAP or is not a continuation of SAP 1 and 2 because it has different beneficiaries.

The Bayanihan 2 ESP is a one-time cash grant of P5,000 to P8,000 which is being distributed to low income family beneficiaries who are physically residing in areas placed under granular lockdown from the date of effectivity of the Bayanihan 2 on September 14, 2020 as certified by the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force; additional low-income families who have not received SAP; and families of Overseas Filipino Workers who were deported or who arrived in the country from September 14 to December 19, 2020, provided that they are undocumented or displaced from their jobs abroad; and, qualified low income family beneficiaries who may not be under granular lockdown but were not included in the list submitted to DSWD during the implementation of SAP under Bayanihan 1.

As of December 19, there are 145,025 beneficiaries who received their emergency subsidy under Bayanihan 2. Of whom, 13,607 are from granular lockdown areas, while 131,418 are additional beneficiaries. The total subsidy distributed to the qualified beneficiaries reached more than P946 million.

The Department will continue to issue advisories on social media and other official communication channels to alert netizens on the proliferation of fake news on SAP, ESP, and other government programs. #

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