DSWD urges public anew to report fraudulent use of PWD IDs

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020   •   525

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Tuesday reiterated its call on the public to report individuals who are illegally using persons with disability (PWD) identification cards.

The DSWD renewed its appeal following reports circulating on social media about people posing as PWDs to avail of the benefits and privileges intended for persons with disabilities.

Administrative Order No. 001, Series of 2008, issued by the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), states that PWD IDs shall only be issued to persons with permanent disabilities due to any one or more of the following conditions: psychosocial, chronic illness, learning, mental, visual, orthopedic, speech, and hearing conditions.

These also include persons suffering from disabling diseases resulting from their limitations to perform day-to-day activities as normally as possible.

Under Republic Act No. 10754 or the Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability, PWDs are given 20% discounts; exemption to value-added tax (VAT); 5% discount on basic necessities and prime commodities; and free use of express lanes in commercial and government transactions.

The department noted that the issuance of the PWD ID will only be through the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO), located in every city or municipality in the country.

The DSWD warned that falsification of public documents and the use of falsified documents are criminal offenses and are punishable under the Revised Penal Code.

It urged the public to report incidents involving the illegal use of PWD ID to the NCDA through council@ncda.gov.ph or report to the PDAO or to any law enforcement agency.

The DSWD said it will coordinate with concerned agencies to monitor the issue.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier directed local government units to be stricter in the issuance of PWD IDs. It also urged business establishments to report instances on the use of fake PWD IDs to the police and issuing LGUs for proper action.

DSWD to utilize new facility for SAP payout in QC

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) plans to tap a new payout facility to hasten distribution of the Social Amelioration Program’s second tranche of cash aid to Quezon City residents.

This, after the DSWD reached out to the Quezon City local government to settle issues over delay in the payout of cash subsidies to many of the SAP beneficiaries in the city.

According to the agency, the delay were often caused by lack of information, particularly the contact numbers of beneficiaries.

“Naipaliwanag sa amin na nahihirapan sila sa pamimigay dahil marami sa mga benepisyaryo ay hindi kumpleto ang impormasyon, gaya ng cellphone number (They said they had difficulties in releasing the cash assistance because of incomplete information on the beneficiaries such as cellphone numbers),” said  Mayor Joy Belmonte.

The new payment facility is expected to hasten the payout process as well as provide manual payout delivery services to recipients who do not have contact numbers for wire transfers.

“Pinaplantsa lang nila ang mga detalye para ito’y agad na maisakatuparan at upang mapakinabangan na ng ating mga residente ang SAP na ipinangako sa kanila ng national government (They are ironing out the details before proceeding so that the residents can finally benefit from SAP which the national government promised to them),” she added.

So far, the city’s Social Services Development Department said only 151,192 beneficiaries have received the second tranche of the cash assistance amounting to P8,000 out of the 377, 584 SAP recipients in the city, 

Once settled, the payout will begin in October.

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More public transport drivers receive SAP cash assistance

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2020

More Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) and Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) drivers affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have received aid under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

A total of 216,556 drivers have received their emergency cash subsidy under SAP, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“Of the number, some 169,939 TNVS and PUV drivers come from various parts of the country while 46,617 are residents of areas declared under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) on May 1 and May 2,” the DSWD said.

The cash subsidies of the drivers were distributed through the digital scheme with DSWD’s partner-Financial Service Providers (FSPs) such as GCash, Paymaya, Starpay, and several bank branches across the country.

Meanwhile, the DSWD is validating its list to prevent any duplication of names.

The department also said that drivers who are not included in the list but are eligible to receive aid are referred to concerned DSWD Field Offices for inclusion to the roll of SAP waitlisted beneficiaries. -AAC

DSWD-7 releases 301K relief packs for COVID-19 response

Maris Federez   •   September 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 7 said that the provision of family food packs (FFPs) as augmentation support for COVID-19 response operations continues.

On its Facebook post, the DSWD-7 said they have been providing FFPs to local government units as well as to other national government agencies, organizations, stranded individuals, and displaced workers.

The agency said that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has released a total of 301,843 FFPs equivalent to around P136 million, as of September 1.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca Geamala said that the FFPs from the department is contained in a box with the agency’s logo.

She noted that each box has markings on its expiry date, a reminder that it should not be sold, and a warning that selling, buying, repackaging, and replacing of DSWD relief goods are criminal offenses under the DRRM Act of 2010.

“The way how we give the FFP should be the way how it will be given to the people,” Geamala said.

She added that there should be no other tags or stickers attached on the FFP.

The official said that FFPs are purposely given by the DSWD to make sure that people, even from far-flung areas, will be served by the department through the request of the local government units.

“The purpose of giving this to the local government units is to augment the need of the people that are affected by COVID-19,” she said. —/mbmf

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