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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
Watch the hearing live on Monday, June 22, at 1 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 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
This does not include the 5 million waitlisted families from across the country that were added to the program
'Dapat gobyerno ang magbigay ng pera,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, as he reiterates the need for a supplemental budget to assist overseas Filipino workers
The emergency subsidy program was created in the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which Malacañang says expires on June 25
The costs for hotel, food, and transportation for overseas Filipino workers are not sustainable, says OWWA chief Hans Cacdac
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano tells DSWD regional directors that not following the policies ordered by their superiors could be seen as 'insubordination'
Making cash aid beneficiaries line up at distribution points could have caused COVID-19 transmission, says Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor
The House is set to begin investigating the delays in the government's cash aid program on Monday, June 22
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
The government's internship program, which allows the youth to experience working in public service, is postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic
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
The long-awaited cash aid for May begins on the second week of June
Cash aid for every Facebook user? No such thing, says the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the House 'will be having an accounting' of the problematic implementation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act
'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...'
'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'
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
The DSWD calls on local governments to submit liquidation reports so it can complete validation
A majority of these additional households will be residents of areas under ECQ
Labor officials estimate that some 500,000 overseas Filipino workers may be out of work by the end of August
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
Beneficiaries of the government’s coronavirus cash aid program can choose to receive their subsidies through mobile banking apps like GCash and PayMaya
Almost 600 local governments have yet to complete cash aid distributions for the month of April
The Department of Social Welfare and Development lauds the local government units' efficient implementation of the emergency subsidy program in the Caraga region
DSWD reiterates families of OFWs with no other source of income since January 2020 can avail of the emergency subsidy
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
‘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
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
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
The DSWD says it is in constant coordination with local governments in speeding up the distribution of emergency subsidies
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
Former DSWD secretary Dinky Soliman says collaborative, evidence-based, and empowering approaches would greatly impact aiding the poor in the coronavirus lockdown
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
As of April 22, only around 31% target beneficiaries have received emergency subsidies from the DSWD
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
Three weeks into the government's emergency subsidy program, around 75% of qualified families nationwide are still waiting to receive aid
Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says this is needed for 'transparency purposes' and to protect barangay officials
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.
This comes after the Department of Social Welfare and Development announced persons or groups soliciting donations should first secure necessary permits
The DSWD amends its guidelines to speed up the distribution of emergency subsidies to families in need during the coronavirus crisis
'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.
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'
'Gagastos tayo para sa Pilipino,' says President Rodrigo Duterte
They still have not done the proper paperwork, Malacañang says in its latest report to Congress on the government's coronavirus response
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
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
(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