As part of the first 100 days of the Duterte administration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that one of its biggest accomplishments is the delivery of prompt and compassionate service to 9,476 stranded overseas Filipino workers or OFWs in Saudi Arabia.
The agency reported that it has provided psychological intervention to convince the OFWs to return home.
It added that the agency has also provided livelihood to the repatriated OFWs.
“I think it is important to highlight that, that the first 100 days of the Duterte administration include the compassion that was absent in the previous administration vis-à-vis our stranded OFW,” DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said.
DSWD also allotted one billion pesos to fund the rehabilitation of 37,000 drug dependent surrenderers that will run for about 2 years.
Moreover, President Rodrigo Duterte has also instructed the department to visit and give financial, livelihood assistance and counseling to the families of wounded and deceased soldiers.
Aside from this, the DSWD also plans to conduct a “national kumustahan” among 4Ps beneficiaries to monitor if they are properly using the government fund.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Wednesday urged local government units (LGU) to expedite the encoding and transmittal of their liquidation reports on the distribution of the first tranche of the government’s social amelioration project (SAP).
The DSWD said the liquidation reports from LGUs are necessary as this would be used for the validation of beneficiaries and checking of the disbursement for the release of SAP’s second tranche.
The SAP is part of the government’s efforts to assist families heavily affected by the community quarantines due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The liquidation report is vital in the process of validation as it includes the report of the disbursement (containing the photos of the recipients, Social Amelioration Card Forms, and amount of cash received); Report of Checks Issued and Report of Disbursements certified by the LGU accountant and approved by the Local Chief Executive; and a copy of the Official Receipt for the refund/return of unutilized SAP funds,” the department said in a statement.
The DSWD explained that the validation and vetting process by its field offices can only be done when the data per LGU have been submitted in its entirety.
The department noted that the process will take approximately 15 days since validation on municipal, provincial, and regional levels takes place at the field office levels.
The DSWD Central Office will then conduct cross-matching with other government agencies’ lists of beneficiaries to avoid duplicity and ineligibility. The process will take another seven days in order to ensure that the recipients are indeed among the SAP’s target beneficiaries.
“The DSWD is exhausting all means to shorten the vetting and validation process, however, we need the full cooperation of the LGUs in order to effect this,” it said.
The department said that of the 1,479 LGUs that have completed the first tranche of SAP, only 659 had submitted liquidation reports as of Wednesday.
The DSWD earlier said it is still awaiting guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for the distribution of the second tranche.
MANILA, Philippines – Inaasahang magpupulong ngayong linggo ang Technical Working Group ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) upang isapinal ang mga proseso sa pamamahagi ng ikalawang bugso ng cash aid sa ilalim ng social amelioration program (SAP) ng pamahalaan.
Ayon kay Department of Social Welfare Undersecretary Rene Paje, pinag-aaralang maigi ng IATF ang mga paraan upang mapabilis ang distribusyon ng ayuda lalo’t nadagdagan pa ng limang milyong pamilya ang mga benepisyaryo nito.
Labing-walong milyong low-income households ang inisyal na target beneficiaries ng programa ngunit dinagdagan ito matapos umapela ng tulong ang maraming mahihirap na pamilya na hindi sakop ng programa ngunit kuwalipikado sa inilatag na guidelines.
Sinabi rin ni Paje na target nilang simulan ang second tranche ng programa bago matapos ang buwan ng Mayo ngunit hindi pa tiyak kung anong petsa ito maisasagawa dahil naka-depende ito sa galaw ng local government units (LGU), partikular na sa pagsasagawa ng first tranche payout at pagsusumite ng liquidation report nito sa DSWD.
Sa huling tala ng ahensya, nasa 1,479 LGUs na sa bansa ang nakakumpleto ng pay-out sa kanilang mga benepisyaryo ngunit 44% lamang sa mga ito ang nakapagpasa ng liquidation report, na siya namang idadaan sa validation process ng DSWD.
“‘Yan po ay pina-facilitate natin sapagkat kung maari sana magawang buo, yung nationwide yung ating pagsasubmit ng beneficiaries na encoded na SAP forms sapagkat ito po dapat i-validate natin,” ani Paje.
“‘Yun po ang nasa memorandum circular at nasa procedure natin… Pero ‘yan po ay masusing pinag-aaralan ng DSWD upang mas mabilis natin at mapaaga ang distribution ng 2nd tranche,” dagdag pa niya.
Sinabi rin ni Paje na isinusulong ng DSWD na dapat mabigyang-prayoridad sa distribusyon ng SAP second tranche ang waitlisted o ‘yung mga kwalipikadong benepisyaryo ng programa ngunit hindi nakatanggap sa unang bugso ng ayuda.
“Ang proposal po ay dapat makatanggap din sapagkat ang katumbas ng tatanggapin nila ngayon ay ‘yung first tranche, at kung sila po ay nanatili pa rin sa ECQ area, dapat makatangap sila ng para sa second tranche,” sabi ng opisyal.
Ayon kay Paje, kabilang sa mga paraang pinag-aaralan upang mapabilis ang SAP cash aid distribution ay ang paggamit ng digital payment scheme at mobile app na “Relief Agad.”
Ngunit para sa mga walang smartphones, papayagan pa rin naman aniya ang “big venue payout” o pagtitipon sa isang venue para ipamahagi ang SAP cash aid basta’t magpapatupad ng health at safety protocols.
Ayon naman sa tagapagsalita ng DSWD na si Irene Dumlao, kakatulungin nila ang pulisya at militar sa pamamahagi ng ayuda upang matiyak ang kaayusan.
Nanawagan rin siya ng pang-unawa sa publiko, lalo na ang mga higit na naapektuhan ng COVID-19 crisis.
“Tayo ay humihingi ng pang-unawa sa ating mga kababayan na naapektuhan ng krisis at naghihintay po ng tulong o ayuda mula sa ating pamahalaan,” ani Dumlao.
“Sinisikap po natin na bumuo ng mga polisiya o mga panuntunan that will ensure the distribution of aid in an expeditious and effective manner,” dagdag pa niya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Harlene Delgado)
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has launched ReliefAgad app to expedite the process for the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).
Collecting data for the SAP beneficiaries as well as the distribution of the cash assistance will be made through the app. The app will be interfaced with any electronic payment system for the cash assistance distribution.
“Based on feedback gathered from the implementation of the SAP first tranche, we are streamlining our processes to allow local government units to gather beneficiary data and distribute assistance more efficiently,” according to DSWD Usec. Danilo Pamonag.
The ReliefAgad will have an initial pilot run in the National Capital Region (NCR) before it will be launched nationwide. AAC
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