Roll out of P1,000 cash aid for ECQ residents set for April 6 or 7 — DSWD

Marje Pelayo   •   April 5, 2021   •   507

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.

DSWD Central Office closes for disinfection, decontamination on March 19

Marje Pelayo   •   March 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Central Office will hold a three-day office disinfection and decontamination from Friday (March 19) to Sunday (March 21).

This measure is to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among the office’s personnel and clients,

On the said dates, all DSWD central office staff will be on a work-from-home arrangement to pave the way for the massive disinfection of the compound.

Likewise, the Department announced that it will temporarily suspend operations of the DSWD Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) on March 19 to ensure that clients seeking financial aid under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) Program will not be affected by the intensive workplace disinfection operation.

All clients who are scheduled to received their cash assistance on the said date will be processed on March 22 when regular operations of the Department resume.

After the three-day disinfection, DSWD personnel will adopt the work-from-home and skeleton work arrangements until further notice to prioritize the health and safety of the entire workforce and their families.

Palace urges DSWD to ensure welfare of arrested Amanda Echanis’ child

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday called on the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to ensure the welfare of the newborn child of Amanda Socorro Echanis following her arrest in Cagayan on Wednesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque issued the statement following reports that authorities apprehended Echanis for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and illegal possession of explosives.

“I’m calling upon the DSWD to take steps to ensure that the welfare of the child will be protected,” Roque said in an online press briefing.

He also said that the DSWD should also make sure that Echanis will not suffer the same fate as detained activist Reina Nasino whose three-month old baby died after they were separated.

Roque said an arrest cannot be avoided even if there is a newborn child involved but he assured that the government is taking steps to ensure that the child is protected.

“Hindi po kasi dahilan yun na palibhasa may anak ka ay di ka makukulong at hindi ka masa-subject sa proseso but it is always the rule government will take steps for the best interest of the child,” he said.

Amanda is the daughter of Randall Echanis, peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, who was killed inside his apartment in Quezon City in August.

Families ‘excluded’ from gov’t cash aid may file appeal, complaints — DSWD

Robie de Guzman   •   April 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Families who believe they are eligible but have been excluded from the list of beneficiaries of the government’s social amelioration program amid COVID-19 crisis may file their appeal or complaints, the Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) said.

In a statement, the DSWD said it has set up a grievance redress system (GRS) to address the increasing issues and concerns of families who feel they may have been left out of the subsidy program.

“The public is encouraged to voice out and report anomalies or irregularities in the delivery of SAP through the DSWD Grievance Redress System,” DSWD Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin was quoted as saying in the statement.

As emphasized in Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, the subsidy shall be given to low-income families, assessed to be most affected by the imposition of community quarantine, given their existing life situations or circumstances.

The DSWD said that such families but who are not on the initial list of beneficiaries may file an appeal with their respective Local Social Welfare and Development Offices (LSWDOs) within three days from the start of the payout or distribution of SAP in their barangay.

The consolidated appeals shall then be submitted to the concerned DSWD Field Office for evaluation within three days.

The DSWD clarified that under its Omnibus Guidelines, families shall be excluded from receiving emergency subsidy if any of their members are:

(a) Elected and appointed government officials such as permanent, contractual, casual, coterminous or personnel contracted (under Memorandum of Agreement, Cost of Service, Job Order, and other similar arrangement/s) in any National Government Agency (NGA), Government-owned and Controlled Corporation, Local Government Unit, and GOCC with original charter;  

(b) Employees in the private sector, or those in the formal economy, including those who are employees of GOCC without original charters, regardless of the existence of employee-employer relationship, and regardless of the fact that they are receiving salary or wage;

(c) retired individuals who are receiving pension; (d) families with independent financial capacity consistent with the intent of RA 11469 to provide assistance to low income families.

Likewise, the DSWD said that under the Omnibus Guidelines, all grievances related to the SAP implementation will be managed and monitored by the DSWD Central Office-Operations Center through its 24/7 hotline number 16545.

The Operations Center is tasked to receive complaints and ensure proper referencing and reporting to concerned office for validation and/or investigation.

“The concerned office is required to respond to the said report within twenty-four hours from receipt,” the department said.

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