1.3 million beneficiaries receive second tranche of SAP — DSWD

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 22) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said over a million beneficiaries have already received the second wave of the government's social amelioration program (SAP).

Speaking to CNN Philippines on Monday, DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao said the beneficiaries are from identified enhanced community quarantine areas.

These areas are in the National Capital Region, Region III (Central Luzon) except for Aurora province, Region IV-A (Calabarzon), Benguet province, Iloilo province, Pangasinan province, Cebu province, Bacolod City, Davao City, Zamboanga City, and Albay province.

"Mayroon na po tayong beneficiaries na nakatanggap na po ng second tranche ng emergency subsidy," Dumlao said. "Nauna po tayong nagpahatid ng ayuda sa mga 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) beneficiaries na cash card holders sa mga identified ECQ areas... Ito po'y alinsunod sa ipinalabas na Executive Order 112 at memorandum po ni Executive Secretary (Salvador Medialdea) noon pong May 2."

[Translation: There are beneficiaries who have received the second tranche of the emergency subsidy. We have initially sent aid to the 4Ps beneficiaries who have cash cards and live in the identified ECQ areas... This is in accordance to Executive Order 112 and the memorandum of the Executive Secretary last May 2.]

Dumlao also said the DSWD has started distributing aid to waitlisted or additional beneficiaries in Kabayan, Benguet; Baguio City and Balaoan, La Union.

READ: DSWD to give cash aid to 'waitlisted' beneficiaries starting this week

Dumlao, however, said that beneficiaries should have pre-registered using the ReliefAgad app and chosen an option on how they would receive the cash aid.

"Para matiyak natin at malaman kung paano nila ito tatanggapin," she said.

[Translation: So we can be sure and know how they will be receiving this.]

The deadline for aid distribution was initially set for June 23, but was moved to June 25.

Dumlao said DSWD officials are discussing what could be done in case the deadline is not met.

"We would like to assure the public na pinagsisikapan po ng DSWD na maipahatid itong second tranche ng aid sa lalong pinakamaayos at lalong pinakamabilis na pamamaraan," she said.

[Translation: We would like to assure the public that the DSWD is working to deliver the second tranche of aid in the most efficient and quickest way.]