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DSWD has distributed P83.6 B SAP subsidies

More than P83.6 billion worth of emergency cash subsidies have been disbursed to more than 13.98  family-beneficiaries of the second wave of aid under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), the Department of Social Welfare and Development reported. The DSWD said as of October 21, 8 p.m., it has distributed over P83. 6 billion SAP 2 funds to around 13, 982, 425 low-income households.  The number of served beneficiaries is 98 percent of the 14.3 million low-income households targeted to receive the second wave of subsidies. “Batay sa datos kahapon, ika-21 ng Oktubre, umabot na sa higit P83.6 bilyon ang naipamahagi ng DSWD sa higit 13.98 milyon na pamilyang benepisyaryo ng SAP,” the DSWD said in a Facebook post.  (Based on the data yesterday, as of October 21, over P83.6 billion has been distributed by the DSWD to more than 13.98 billion family-beneficiaries of SAP.) The Department assured the public that the manual and digital payouts continue to serve the uncovered beneficiaries numbering to more than 317,000.  During the virtual “Laging Handa” briefing, DSWD Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje said they are exhausting all means to ensure that the second tranche distribution of the SAP will be completed within this month, as the agency is readying to implement programs under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or the Bayanihan 2. Among the programs and services that will be implemented by the DSWD under Republic Act  No. 11494 or Bayanihan 2 are the emergency subsidy to affected low-income households in areas under “granular lockdowns”;  Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS); distribution of food and non-food items; livelihood assistance grants (LAGs), and supplementary feeding program for day-care children. .....»»

Category: newsSource: mb.com.ph mb.com.phOct 22nd, 2020

Rice farmers seek bigger financial aid

The one-time financial assistance that the Senate directed the Department of Agriculture (DA) to provide to rice farmers amid the declining prices of palay would not be enough, a group of rice farmers said. (MB file, Keith Bacongco) Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) National Manager Raul Montemayor said rice farmers have lost an average of P10,000 per hectare in the ongoing cropping season due to severely depressed palay prices.   This was his response to the joint resolution recently passed by the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, which ordered the DA to appropriate some P3 billion in tariffs from rice imports through the 2021 national budget for cash aid to rice farmers. Under the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL), which allowed unlimited rice importation in the Philippines, tariff collections in excess of P10 billion per year can be used for additional support to farmers, including cash transfers. FFF, however, noted that the proposed appropriation would only provide P5,000 per farmer if distributed to some 600,000 farmers tilling one hectare or less.   If the actual number of qualified farmers is raised to 1.1 million, the subsidy would only amount to about P2,700 per farmer. Either proposal will be unfair to equally affected rice farmers tilling larger areas, the farmers’ group said.   Instead, Montemayor said the government could keep palay prices stable by temporarily imposing safeguard duties or additional tariffs on imported rice. “The government allowed unlimited rice imports, resulting in low palay prices.  Now, it will spend P3 billion to partially offset farmers’ losses. If it had instead imposed additional duties on imports, palay prices would not have dropped too much, there would have been no need for cash aid to farmers, and the government might have even earned extra revenues from the safeguard duties,” said Montemayor. Under the Section 10 of RTL or Republic Act (RA) 11203, in order to protect the Philippine rice industry from sudden or extreme price fluctuations, a special safeguard duty on rice shall be imposed in accordance with Safeguard Measures Act.   R.A. 8800 or the Safeguard Measures Act, on the other hand, allows additional safeguard duties on top of regular tariffs in case an import surge is shown to be harmful to local farmers.   “Safeguard duties will not be inflationary as claimed by the DA, because they will be applied only when there is already a proven oversupply in the market.  They can be removed once the situation stabilizes,” said Montemayor. Agriculture Secretary William Dar is not keen on slapping additional tariff on rice imports, and has repeatedly appealed for public understanding about the “short-term” effects of RTL to palay prices. However, he promised to look for other solutions to the plea of the farmers like asking the National Food Authority (NFA), which buys palay at P19 per kilogram (/kg) to boost the government’s buffer stock, to intensify its palay procurement.   Instead of cash aid, the FFF proposed that existing funds from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) and extra tariff collections be re-focused to address current problems of farmers.   It noted that half of farmers receiving free seeds under the RCEF had already been using certified seeds in the past, and that many were seeking other types of support that were not available under RCEF.   Numerous farmers have also questioned the DA’s promotion of seed varieties like NSIC Rc222, which is of poor quality and are being shunned by traders. “Also, the P5 billion annual fund for mechanization is not moving well, and it might be more practical at this time to preserve job opportunities for farm laborers instead of displacing them with machines,” Montemayor said.   “Moreover, the P1 billion budget for extension and training could be realigned, considering that farmers cannot attend training activities due to COVID-related restrictions. The P1 billion for credit could be better used for interest rate subsidies or loan guarantee programs, instead of direct loans which will benefit only 20,000 farmers,” he added......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

DSWD-7: Over 400K families in Cebu receive SAP 2nd tranche

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A total of around P2 billion worth of public funds were distributed to over 400,000 families in Cebu, who were qualified to receive the second tranche of the government’s emergency cash aid, officials here announced. The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD- 7) reported having successfully distributed […] The post DSWD-7: Over 400K families in Cebu receive SAP 2nd tranche appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2020

DSWD-7 distributes cash subsidy to BAETAS members

CEBU CITY, Sept. 4 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 through the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) recently distributed cash subsidy to 24 eligible beneficiaries fr.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 6th, 2020

DSWD to Senior Citizens and PWDs: Claim Your SAP Aid

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) appeals to all senior citizens and Persons With Disability (PWDs) to put in mind that they should claim their cash subsidies under the agency’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP). Since senior citizens are still prohibited to go outside of their homes amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 12th, 2020

Go assures assistance despite strict health protocols

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has continued to lend help to those in need of assistance while strictly observing proper health and safety protocols amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (OFFICE OF SEN. BONG GO / MANILA BULLETIN) Go, through his office, distributed aid today to 26 families who were affected by the fire incident that ravaged properties and had one casualty in Astek Block 3 in San Joaquin, Pasig City. The chairman of the Senate health and demography committee said his staff provided immediate relief, such as food and financial assistance. The team also distributed face masks and medicines and gave away bicycles, specifically to fire victims.Go has earlier expressed his support for using bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation, especially at a time when public transportation is limited in many places in the country and at the same time promote a healthy lifestyle. “And, in fact, doon po sa mga nasunugan, tinatanong ko sila, hirap po sila… they’re having a hard time po sa transportation in going to their respective na trabaho po nila, so sabi ko, I encourage them to use bicycles. Minsan po namimigay po ako ng bisikleta sa kanila,’’he said.  (I asked the fire victims, [and they said] they’re having a hard time in going to their respective works. I encourage them to use bicycles. I provided  them with bicycles.) Government agencies also provided aid to the fire victims, particularly the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Local government officials were also present in each visit. “Walang tinitingnang oras o panahon ang pagtulong sa kapwa, lalong lalo na sa panahon ng pandemyang ito. Lagi kong sinasabi noon na kahit maging Senador man ako, kahit anong oras at pagkakataon, kapag kailangan ako ng aking mga kababayan, tutulong agad ako,’’Go said.  (We don’t look at time when it comes to helping our fellowmen, especially now during this pandemic. I have always said before that even if I become a senator. Anytime, if I am needed by my countrymen  I will help them.) Go had urged the national government to also provide proper face masks for the poor and to those who cannot afford. He also urged the government to enforce a stronger face mask-wearing policy in the country. Go also stressed that government must prioritize buying locally-made masks to save jobs, and provide it to those who cannot afford to buy their own masks to help save lives. The senator from Davao has also reiterated the need to pass the Senate Bill 204, or the Fire Protection Modernization Bill, to institutionalize the modernization of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

P45.6 billion small business qage subsidy 99% completed

The government has already distributed P45.6 billion in subsidies to more than three million beneficiaries under the Small Business Wage Subsidy program, the Department of Finance said yesterday......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 28th, 2020

Former rebels get government support

Twenty-two surrendered members of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) received P15,000 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). This was from the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) which was distributed at the Municipal Compound of the Laak town on Monday. The DSWD Project Development […] The post Former rebels get government support appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 20th, 2020

NFA-10 explains palay support, rice release price

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 3 (PIA)--"The sacks of rice distributed by DSWD and LGUs from NFA nowadays are fresh and newly milled from the palay we procured from our farmers in the region since last.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 4th, 2020

Parañaque Mayor Olivarez to roll out 5K cash aid by June

Paraña-cash is a form of financial assistance derived from the city governments realigned budget of about 200M to be distributed to some 40,000 left-out residents who were not covered by the government subsidies such as Social Amelioration Program (SAP), Department of Social Welfare and Development’s expanded Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Department of Labor […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 31st, 2020

Bulk of P100-B for 2nd SAP Aid to be Given Via E-Transfer

The largest bulk of the PHP100-billion budget for the second tranche of emergency subsidies under the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) will be electronically distributed to indigent families, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government intends to give the second wave of payouts to SAP beneficiaries through electronic cash transfers […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 27th, 2020

May emergency subsidies to be delayed if LGU fails to report April payouts – DSWD

MANILA, Philippines – Nearing the last week of April, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Thursday, April 23, that emergency subsidy payouts for the month of May will be delayed for localities whose governments do not submit a liquidation report on time. As of April 22, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2020

DSWD-7: More than P502M already disbursed to 83,796 poor households

CEBU CITY, Philippines- The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD-7) has already distributed a total of P502,776,336 to 83,796 households who are beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), the agency’s information officer said. Each household that was affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), received P6,000 in financial assistance. According […] The post DSWD-7: More than P502M already disbursed to 83,796 poor households appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

170,989 low-income families receive emergency subsidy

The government has distributed over P900 million worth of emergency subsidies to nearly 171,000 families as it wrestles with the coronavirus disease 2019, which has disrupted business activities and sidelined thousands of workers in Luzon......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 15th, 2020

DSWD eyes all aid distributed before weekend

DSWD eyes all aid distributed before weekend.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsApr 8th, 2020

DSWD-7 to intensify distribution of food packs to COVID-affected families

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-7 has already distributed almost 3,000 family food packs to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis-affected families in Central Visayas. Shalaine Marie Lucero, assistant regional director of DSWD-7, told CDN Digital that the family food packs are worth P1.7 million and were distributed to different […] The post DSWD-7 to intensify distribution of food packs to COVID-affected families appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 31st, 2020

DSWD to give cash subsidies to low-income families affected by quarantine

Malacañang directed the Department of Social Welfare and Development to provide subsidies to low-income households as part of the temporary emergency measures for the health crisis......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 31st, 2020

DSWD to give cash subsidies for low-income families affected by quarantine

Malacañang directed the Department of Social Welfare and Development to provide subsidies to low-income households as part of the temporary emergency measures for the health crisis......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 31st, 2020

DSWD to beef up 4Ps cash grant

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced on Saturday that it will top up the existing subsidies of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to reach the required P5,000 to P8,000 monthly allowance for some 18 million poor households affected by the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. In a radio interview, DSWD spokesman Irene […] The post DSWD to beef up 4Ps cash grant appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 28th, 2020

DSWD-7 Releases Relief Goods, Continues Repacking of Family Food Packs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Field Office VII extends relief assistance and repacks family food packs to be distributed to families affected by TS Ursula affected areas. A total of 2,800 family food packs amounting to more than a million are delivered today by BRP Suluan MRRV 4406 of the Philippine […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 27th, 2019

Filipinos dependent on PCSO medical aid can turn to Pagcor, DSWD – Panelo

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has a solution to hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who depend on Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) subsidies for medical care: write to other government agencies. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo gave the suggestion in a news briefing on Tuesday, July 30, following public concern over ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2019