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Automated DSWD subsidy a problem in far-flung areas with no ATMs

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Only 1.3 million out of the targeted 13.5 million poor families have received the second tranche of the cash aid promised to them

STILL DELAYED. Residents line up at a Landbank branch in Quezon City on April 9, 2020 to withdraw their financial assistance from the government. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on DSWD's emergency subsidy program

Jul 07, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Watch the hearing live on Monday, June 22, at 1 pm

DSWD vows no more anomalies after LGUs removed from cash aid distribution

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:25 PM

Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista guarantees that since the DSWD will no longer transfer funds to local government units, local officials can no longer meddle with the cash aid

The Social Amelioration Program Monitoring Team composing of employees from the DSWD Field Office Caraga reviews the Social Amelioration Cards (SAC) of the beneficiaries in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.

DSWD cash aid might be subject to withdrawal fees

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:05 PM

The DSWD partners with more financial service providers to conduct payouts for the emergency subsidy program, but beneficiaries may have to pay a withdrawal fee of up to P50 to receive them

Residents of Quezon City line up at Landbank COA in Quezon City on Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020, to withdraw the financial assistance from the government social amelioration program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Almost 300,000 families have yet to receive April cash aid – Malacañang

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:42 PM

This does not include the 5 million waitlisted families from across the country that were added to the program

Residents of Baseco Compound wait in line for their financial assistance from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program distributed by DSWD at the Baseco Elementary School in Tondo, Manila on May 2, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

DSWD says cash aid will continue after Bayanihan Act expires

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:40 PM

The emergency subsidy program was created in the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which Malacañang says expires on June 25

Social Amelioration Program distribution in Cavite. - Residents of Barangay Pasong Camachile 1 in City of General Trias trooped at Barangay covered on Thursday, May 7, 2020 to received their Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of National Government thru the Department of Social Welfare Development. The locality has 44, 373 beneficiaries in 33 barangay. (Dennis Abrina)

Lawmakers berate DSWD regional directors over delays in aid distribution

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano tells DSWD regional directors that not following the policies ordered by their superiors could be seen as 'insubordination'

Residents of Baseco Compound wait in line for their financial assistance from the government's emergency subsidy program distributed by DSWD on May 2, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Lawmaker slams DSWD for distribution policies that caused crowds

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Making cash aid beneficiaries line up at distribution points could have caused COVID-19 transmission, says Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor

Residents wait in line as they crowd the Old Balara Elementary School in Quezon City to claim their cash assistance for the Emergency Subsidy Program of the government on May 6, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

DSWD ready to shed light on cash aid delays in House probe

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:58 PM

The House is set to begin investigating the delays in the government's cash aid program on Monday, June 22

Emergency Cash Assistance returned General Trias Cavite. Photo by Dennis Abrina

Cayetano, House leaders seek probe into delays in DSWD subsidy program

Jun 16, 2020 - 3:25 PM

The ranking lawmakers hit the Department of Social Welfare and Development for its failure to streamline the distribution process, forcing beneficiaries to wait for weeks

WAITING IN LINE. Residents of Barangay San Jose in Rodriguez, Rizal, queue for the distribution of DSWD's emergency subsidy on May 12, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DSWD suspends government internship program for 2020

Jun 15, 2020 - 4:26 PM

The government's internship program, which allows the youth to experience working in public service, is postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic

RELIEF. Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) ng Barangay Maybunga council members, together with youth volunteers, help give relief goods to residents in the barangay on May 26. File photo by Martin Louise Tungol

DSWD cash aid comes after Michelle Silvertino dies

Jun 12, 2020 - 7:15 AM

The family of the stranded worker, who died while waiting for a bus ride home to Bicol, receives P15,000 and educational and livelihood assistance

DSWD begins 2nd tranche of cash aid with 4Ps beneficiaries

Jun 11, 2020 - 4:33 PM

The long-awaited cash aid for May begins on the second week of June

Residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila receives P8,000 cash aid from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on the eve of the payout deadline, May 6, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FALSE: DSWD 'gives P5,500 to every Facebook user'

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Cash aid for every Facebook user? No such thing, says the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Cayetano warns gov't officials over 'inexcusable' Bayanihan law problems

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the House 'will be having an accounting' of the problematic implementation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act

SUBSIDY PROGRAM. A mother and her 7-month old son wait for the distribution of the government's emergency subsidy program on May 12, 2020 at Barangay San Jose in Rodriguez, Rizal. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] 2 4Ps mothers speak up on the coronavirus and their communities

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'Social media is fraught with comments and criticisms on the special attention going to 4Ps beneficiaries. The degrading stereotype of the lazy poor still flourishes, more dangerous than ever...'

[OPINION] Why the emergency subsidy program affects PWDs the hardest

Jun 03, 2020 - 2:34 PM

'News reports [indicate] how PWDs suffered from their attempt to avail of the subsidy benefit, such as lining up despite excruciating pain for the entire day'

DSWD eyes distribution of cash aid for 2nd tranche this week

Jun 02, 2020 - 5:09 PM

After failing to give out the cash aid in May, Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista says the DSWD has already prepared the guidelines on the distribution of the second tranche of the financial subsidy

CASH AID. File photo of Cavite residents waiting for the distribution of cash aid. Photo by Dennis Abrina

As May ends, DSWD unable to release cash aid for 2nd tranche

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:27 AM

The DSWD calls on local governments to submit liquidation reports so it can complete validation

Residents of Barangay Labas in Sta. Rosa, Laguna receive their financial assistance under the government's Emergency Subsidy Program during the last day of payout on May 7, 2020. According to Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano, the May 7 deadline for the SAP payout might be extended as local officials in some areas faced problems that prevented them from giving cash assistance to beneficiaries. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

5M more households to get 2nd tranche of coronavirus cash aid – Malacañang memo

May 23, 2020 - 6:10 PM

A majority of these additional households will be residents of areas under ECQ

Residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila receives P8,000 cash aid from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on the eve of the payout deadline, May 6, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DSWD asks for 'understanding' as cash aid for May remains delayed

May 21, 2020 - 4:35 PM

Nearing the last week of May, the DSWD says it is still waiting for a directive from the Office of the President on the distribution of emergency cash subsidies for the second tranche

Icy Wahingon with her 7-month old son wait for the distribution of the government's Emergency Subsidy Program to start on May 12, 2020, at Barangay San Jose in Rodriguez, Rizal. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DSWD, DICT launch ‘ReliefAgad’ app for electronic cash aid distribution

May 14, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Beneficiaries of the government’s coronavirus cash aid program can choose to receive their subsidies through mobile banking apps like GCash and PayMaya

DSWD vows faster distribution of coronavirus cash aid this May

May 12, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Almost 600 local governments have yet to complete cash aid distributions for the month of April

Residents wait in line as they crowd the Old Balara Elementary School in Quezon City to claim their cash assistance for the Emergency Subsidy Program of the government on May 6, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

Caraga completes distribution of emergency subsidy to non-4Ps families

May 10, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development lauds the local government units' efficient implementation of the emergency subsidy program in the Caraga region

CASH AID. The DSWD Field Office Caraga reviews the social amelioration cards of the beneficiaries in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte. Photo from DSWD Caraga website

Families of OFWs affected by coronavirus qualified for DSWD subsidy

May 10, 2020 - 11:10 AM

DSWD reiterates families of OFWs with no other source of income since January 2020 can avail of the emergency subsidy

QUARANTINE. A quarantine team from DOH assists repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Malate. Manila on April 2, 2020, for the start of their 14-day quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

5 million more families 'waitlisted' for emergency subsidy program

May 07, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Poor families who appealed after being initially excluded from the government's list of cash aid beneficiaries are now part of the additional 5 million who will receive aid

Residents of Teachers Village East in Quezon City queue for the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on May 2, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hundreds of Navotas residents waive P4.5M worth of DSWD coronavirus benefits

May 02, 2020 - 10:18 AM

‘We will request for DSWD’s permission to replace the names of the beneficiaries so that 575 low-income families will have an opportunity to avail [themselves of] the program,’ says Mayor Toby Tiangco

NAVOTAS. The facade of the Navotas City Hall. Photo by Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

Lockdown cash aid reached only 56% of target beneficiaries in April

May 01, 2020 - 2:25 PM

Under the government's emergency subsidy program, 18 million poor families are supposed to get cash subsidies of P5,000 to P8,000 for April and May

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DILG, DSWD extending deadline for LGUs to complete April cash aid

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:03 PM

DILG chief Eduardo Año says they understand that it is difficult to distribute cash aid while observing physical distancing in areas that are densely populated, like in Metro Manila

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Local officials could face charges if cash aid isn't distributed by April 30

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:33 PM

The DSWD says it is in constant coordination with local governments in speeding up the distribution of emergency subsidies

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Walang konsiderasyon': Despite illness, PWD made to claim subsidy at DSWD office

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:10 AM

Roy Moral, who struggles to walk without feeling immense pain, shares how he had to be wheeled to the local DSWD office in a stretcher just so he could receive his emergency subsidy

STRUGGLE. Roy Moral, a person with disability, recounted his experience of having to be wheeled to the local DSWD office just to receive aid. Screenshots from Roy Moral's Facebook post

Rappler Talk: Ex-DSWD chief Dinky Soliman on assessing the emergency subsidy program

Apr 28, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Former DSWD secretary Dinky Soliman says collaborative, evidence-based, and empowering approaches would greatly impact aiding the poor in the coronavirus lockdown

DSWD partners with DICT for automated emergency subsidies

Apr 28, 2020 - 4:44 PM

The DSWD and DICT are working together to develop an app that would facilitate electronic cash transfers for poor families affected by the coronavirus lockdown

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

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:44 PM

As of April 22, only around 31% target beneficiaries have received emergency subsidies from the DSWD

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FALSE: P57-B 'balance' in DSWD subsidy even if all families get coronavirus cash aid

Apr 22, 2020 - 2:33 PM

The computation used here does not consider that the P200-billion emergency subsidy covers two months and is given only to the target 18 million low-income families

IN LIMBO: Poor families still await subsidies during coronavirus lockdown

Apr 21, 2020 - 4:57 PM

Three weeks into the government's emergency subsidy program, around 75% of qualified families nationwide are still waiting to receive aid

COMMUNITY. A resident of a Bulacan barangay hands over a food pack to his neighbor while observing physical distancing. Photo courtesy of Jay-j

Barangays ordered to publish names of residents eligible for DSWD cash aid

Apr 20, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says this is needed for 'transparency purposes' and to protect barangay officials

EMERGENCY AID. Assistance under the emergency subsidy program is given to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DSWD takes down posts on donation drive permits, looks to waive fees

Apr 16, 2020 - 10:46 PM

After public clamor, the DSWD takes down its advisory reminding the public to secure donation drive permits. It is also studying whether to automate the process and waive application fees.

Volunteers repack goods in Quezon City on April 6, 2020, amid Luzon enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19. Coronavirus might be acquired from relief goods health experts said. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

More red tape? Netizens debate DSWD regulation of donations

Apr 16, 2020 - 6:54 PM

This comes after the Department of Social Welfare and Development announced persons or groups soliciting donations should first secure necessary permits

DSWD to LGUs: Distribute emergency subsidy first, validation later

Apr 16, 2020 - 5:23 PM

The DSWD amends its guidelines to speed up the distribution of emergency subsidies to families in need during the coronavirus crisis

Transport drivers from various organizations line up at the Philcoa Landbank in Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Monday, April 13, 2020, to withdraw the financial assistance from the government social amelioration program, amid Luzon enhanced community quarantine to control the spread of coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD reminds public to get permits for donation drives

Apr 16, 2020 - 2:12 PM

'Unauthorized public solicitation activities' prompt the DSWD to remind the public that by law, all donation drives must be regulated by the government. Those who want to join the effort should secure a permit and pay the required fee.

Hundreds of residents queue for a sack of rice distributed by Tzu Chi Foundations at Barangay Tatalon, Quezon City on April 5, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD asks LGUs to fund emergency subsidies for families not on gov't list

Apr 15, 2020 - 1:55 PM

In its 'appeal to the nation,' the DSWD also seeks the public's understanding on how it prioritized the recipients of its emergency subsidy program, saying these people need help to 'survive this crisis'

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte: Gov’t to give aid to families not on DSWD emergency subsidy list

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:36 AM

'Gagastos tayo para sa Pilipino,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

HELP. Residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City receive emergency assitance from the government on April 3, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

195 cities, municipalities still can't access DSWD emergency subsidy

Apr 13, 2020 - 9:22 PM

They still have not done the proper paperwork, Malacañang says in its latest report to Congress on the government's coronavirus response

CASH AID. People line up for the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pasig City to cover poor families not on DSWD emergency subsidy list

Apr 13, 2020 - 5:25 PM

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto vows to give cash assistance to families who were cut from the Department of Social Welfare and Development's list of beneficiaries

VICO SOTTO. In this file photo, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto leads the distribution of the first batch of Pamaskong Handog goody bags to residents on November 28, 2019. File photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Gov't will deliver aid to poor families in remote areas – DSWD

Apr 13, 2020 - 5:20 PM

DSWD chief Rolando Bautista says they will work with the AFP, PNP, the Philippine Coast Guard, and other agencies to transport and distribute emergency subsidies to poor families

Residents of Quezon City line up at Landbank COA in Quezon City on Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020, to withdraw the financial assistance from the government social amelioration program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD: Families not on emergency subsidy list can appeal

Apr 13, 2020 - 1:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Social Welfare and Development says families in need who are not among the target beneficiaries can file appeals with their local social welfare offices

Residents of Quezon City line up at Landbank COA in Quezon City on Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020, to withdraw the financial assistance from the government social amelioration program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ: Early release of sick, elderly prisoners ordered before virus crisis

Apr 12, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The Department of Justice says it ordered the release of old and sickly prisoners even before the coronavirus outbreak. Groups say these vulnerable inmates remain behind bars.

In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, prison inmates lie to sleep at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. - UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged countries to protect people held in overcrowded prisons and other enclosed facilities by releasing vulnerable detainees, saying COVID-19 "risks rampaging through such institutions". (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

Duterte chaos leaves barangay officials 'helpless' amid lockdown

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:42 PM

Barangay officials cry for help in providing relief packs and dealing with confusing messages and guidelines from the administration

RELIEF PROBLEM. Volunteers repack goods in Quezon City on April 6, 2020, amid Luzon enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19. Coronavirus might be acquired from relief goods health experts said. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD hotlines as of April 2020

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:55 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development can be reached through its main hotline 8-951-2803

Volunteers pack relief rations at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) at Chapel Road Pasay City on January 17, 2020. for displaced families of the Taal volcano eruption. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler