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During the hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability, DSWD Undersecretary Danilo Pamonag said that to date, the department has already disbursed PHP19.4 billion emergency cash subsidies to 5.2 million beneficiaries for the second tranche.

The agency reported on Thursday that as of July 29, they have successfully sent aid to almost half their target family beneficiaries who were identified by their respective local government units (LGUs) as among the most affected individuals of the public health crisis.

“I would like to inform this body that we hope to complete the payouts for (the) second tranche through a combination of digital and direct payouts by the end of July,” Pamonag said.

The DSWD official, however, said that some payouts may extend in August due to some factors such as mobility constraints in reaching far-flung areas or geographically isolated disadvantaged areas.

Paje said the agency already started using digital mode of payments for the 2nd tranche.

The six financial service providers (FSPs) tapped by DSWD are the following: GCash, RCBC, Robinsons Bank, PayMaya, Starpay, and Unionba

Earlier, DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao clarified that the delay in releasing 2nd tranche in NCR was due to validation process to avoid duplication in the availment of the emergency subsidy.

The SAP allows the national government to distribute temporary cash assistance worth PHP5,000 to PHP8,000 to low-income families who have been most affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Bautista added that 5 million families considered “waitlisted” will also be covered by the second tranche of the emergency subsidy.