As the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) draws near their target date of completion for the second tranche of the social amelioration program (SAP) aid distribution, a number of beneficiaries rushed to payout centers to claim their cash assistance for fear that it might no longer be available after August 15.
In a virtual uSAP Tayo conference on Thursday, DSWD Secretary Joselito Bautista said the beneficiaries need not panic because the emergency subsidy wired to them will remain in their restricted bank accounts beyond the mid-August deadline set by the agency.
DSWD’s update showed that a total of P12,248,599 has been disbursed, as part of the social amelioration program (SAP) intended for households adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Social Amelioration Program (SAP) sa ilalim ng DSWD. Batay sa datos noong ika-14 ng Agosto, umaabot na sa P74.2 bilyon ang nailabas ng DSWD para sa 12,223,307 pamilyang benepisyaryo ng SAP,” DSWD said in a tweet.
“The money will remain in their restricted transactional accounts. They can use it anytime. They can also perform digital transactions and purchase from establishments that accept electronic wallets as payment, they can also use it to pay water and electricity bills online. And they can withdraw it if they need cash, it will be there even after August 15),” he said.
Bautista said the August 15 deadline is just the DSWD’s targeted date of completion for the distribution of the SAP second tranche cash aid for the low-income families affected by the quarantine measures amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
The SAP is a product of Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act of 2020, intended to help 18 million Filipino families who would bear the brunt of previous lockdowns over Luzon and other areas due to the health crisis.
Recently, there were calls to provide a third SAP tranche after Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna were placed under a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) again due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases.
As of August 14, the agency has distributed cash aid worth PHP74 billion to 12.25 million family beneficiaries. Each family received PHP5,000 to PHP8,000.