DSWD 7 ultimatum: SAP 2 beneficiaries must claim cash aid by Dec. 26, 2020

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THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 has given the beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) 2 under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Bayanihan 1) who were no-show during the scheduled payouts until Dec. 26, 2020 to claim their cash aid.

Shalaine Lucero, DSWD 7 assistant director, said about 30,000 SAP 2 beneficiaries have yet to claim their P6,000 in cash aid.

Lucero said the majority of these no-show beneficiaries are from Cebu Province and Cebu City.

The DSWD 7 has started posting the list of the names of the qualified beneficiaries of SAP 2 in its official Facebook page since Dec. 14; it has also disseminated the list of the beneficiaries to its local offices and barangays.

Despite these efforts, there were still beneficiaries who failed to claim their financial assistance.

After Dec. 26, the unclaimed cash assistance will not be released to the beneficiaries anymore. The barangay captains will then be asked to certify that the beneficiaries are not in the area during the payout and they cannot be found.

The beneficiaries’ change of residence is one reason that the DSWD 7 sees behind the unclaimed cash aid.

Lucero said some beneficiaries may have thought they were ineligible, and they hesitated to claim the cash aid because of the several cases filed by the government against ineligible beneficiaries who received the assistance.

As to the cash aid under Republic Act (RA) 11494, or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2), Lucero said almost 18,000 of the 34,000 target beneficiaries have been paid.

The payout will continue in 2021.

Bayanihan 2 took effect on Sept. 5, 2020, after RA 11469 (Bayanihan 1) expired last June 24. Both laws granted President Rodrigo Duterte additional powers to combat the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, and instituted relief packages for the poor and economic recovery. (WBS)