Around 14.2 million poor families have so far benefited from the second wave of the government’s social amelioration program (SAP) amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Monday.In an update, the agency said it has released P85.1 billion worth of the emergency subsidy to 14.289 million families as of 8 p.m. of December 3.
Addressing inquiries of other family beneficiaries who are yet to receive their financial assistance, DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao said the funds are already taken cared of by the beneficiaries’ respective financial service provider (FSP).
“Nasa payroll na sila (Their names are already in the payroll),” she said in a Viber message.
DSWD Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje, in a virtual press briefing, explained the delay was due to them having to re-process some of the social amelioration card (SAC) forms upon the FSPs report that there are mismatches in the personal information provided by the beneficiaries themselves.
This exceeded the agency’s 14.1 million families as the target number of beneficiaries for SAP 2.
Paje earlier said from the original target of 17 million families, the figure was trimmed to 14.1 million families after taking into account those that were found as duplicates or beneficiaries of other cash aid programs of the government, those that turned out to be unqualified to receive the subsidy, and those who voluntarily returned their cash aid. SOVEREIGNPH