THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Central Visayas has started its payout for the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (Sap) on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
The agency, in its official Facebook page, announced the schedule for their first batch of payout to Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (Gida) as follows: Alcantara, Daanbantayan, San Remigio, and Tudela (July 25); Alegria (July 25-26); Borbon, Sogod, and Ronda (July 26); and Bogo City on July 28.
The DSWD-Central Visayas has conducted an off-site payout for the beneficiaries in Gida areas.
As the payout of waitlisted families in the region for the first tranche of their emergency subsidy still ongoing, the DSWD regional office is currently fast-tracking the payroll submission of the second tranche eligible families to their central office for funding.
Earlier, Shalaine Lucero, DSWD-Central Visayas assistant director, said they are expecting 37 out of 53 local government units (LGUs) to be included in the first two batches of funded LGUs.
She said the DSWD had done several steps for an organized, clear and complete distribution of the second tranche to all beneficiaries.
As DSWD’s key partners in the implementation of SAP, the LGUs facilitated the encoding and submission of the complete list of beneficiaries who received the first tranche, including those who are waitlisted/left-out families.
The list of beneficiaries had to undergo deduplication and cleaning of the list to ensure that each family will only receive one assistance in various SAP programs, such as from the Department of Labor and Employment, Social Security System, Department of Agriculture and other national government agencies.
The actual deduplication process underwent two levels: the regional deduplication and the inter-regional/national deduplication.
Both levels are currently done at the field office using the application developed by the Information and Communication Technology Management Service. A certified list will be generated as basis for the payroll and funding purposes, DSWD said.
For the second tranche, the subsidy will be given to the beneficiaries either through direct cash payout by a special disbursing officer of DSWD, or through digital payment by a Financial Service Provider (FSP) engaged by the department through a memorandum of agreement with Land Bank of the Philippines, the FSPs such as RCBC, Paymaya, Starpay, and Unionbank.
This partnership is under the technical assistance of the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas. For the beneficiaries who registered through the ReliefAgad App, they will receive notification on how to claim their subsidy based on their preferred account. These modalities are improvement of the previous tranche to ensure a more efficient way for the beneficiaries to claim the subsidy.
Payouts are being coordinated with the LGUs, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police.
In Central Visayas, only Cebu Province’s local government units and the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu can claim the second emergency subsidy amounting to P6,000 per qualified family beneficiary. (WBS with PR)