MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has announced that P1,000 cash assistance for each affected resident in areas under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) may be distributed either on Tuesday (April 6) or Wednesday (April 7).
“Maaring magsimula ang pamamahagi ng financial assistance bukas or April 7 matapos na maibaba ngayong araw ng Bureau of Treasury ang pondo sa mga concerned local government units,” confirmed DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao during the regular ‘Laging Handa’ briefing on Monday.
Dumlao also specified the target beneficiaries of the said aid pursuant to the joint memorandum circular signed by the DSWD, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of National Defense (DND).
The beneficiaries of the ECQ cash aid include:
Beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) under Bayanihan 1
Recipients of the Emergency Subsidy Program under Bayanihan 2
SAP waitlisted beneficiaries
Vulnerable sectors (low-income earners, PWDs, solo parents)
Dumlao explained that under the Joint Memorandum Circular, the local government units (LGUs) are given discretion as to the mode or manner of distribution whether cash or in kind.
Upon receipt of the cash allocation, the LGUs must begin the distribution within the next 15 days if cash or 30 days if in kind.
The DSWD clarified that the cash assistance is only P1,000 per person and each family may receive up to P4,000 or 4 members, regardless of the number of members in the family.
The agency stressed that they have already provided a list of beneficiaries to the LGUs which they may use as a reference as to who should be prioritized for the aid.
Dumlao also emphasized that the manner of distribution must be put in detail by the LGUs through an executive order.