Nograles appeals to LGUs: No favoritism on selection of cash aid beneficiaries

Nograles appeals to LGUs: No favoritism on selection of cash aid beneficiaries

Cabinet Secretary and IATF spokesperson Karlo Alexei Nograles appeals to barangay officials and local chief executives to ensure that they do not show favoritism in selecting beneficiaries for the government’s social amelioration program under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

“Huwag nating i-take advantage ang pamimili ng bibigyan ng social amelioration card. Isang social amelioration card for one family and not per member of the family,” Nograles said in a virtual briefing this morning.

Under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act Social Amelioration program, the government targets to grant cash assistance to 18 million low income, poorest of the poor and those belonging to the informal economy workers and MSMEs who lost their job or whose income where adversely affected due to the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine.

To monitor the implementation of the program and to ensure that the poorest of the poor and the intended beneficiaries are recipients of the program, a social amelioration card is issued by the DSWD to the Local government unit. This card details information of the intended recipient and will help in determining the kind of intervention that will be given to the family. It will also serve as a record of the assistance the family has received. The card will be signed by the local social welfare and Mayor of the city or municipality.

He added that the goal of emergency cash assistance is to provide each low-income family something to eat. Therefore, each family is entitled to just one financial package even if more than one of its members is qualified to receive assistance.

“Nakabantay ang DSWD, PNP, AFP, at IATF sa mga namimiling barangay. Nandiyan pa din ang COA. Lahat yan ay i-audit kahit na hindi kayo mahuli ngayon, mahuhuli pa rin kayo eventually,” warned Nograles after receiving reports that there are barangay officials who exercise favoritism in coming up with the list of beneficiaries.

Informal workers include directly hired or occasional workers; sub-contracted workers; home workers; house helpers; family drivers; operators of sari-sari store; small-time family enterprise owners; eateries, fruit, vegetable, and other street vendors.

In a family where there are two adults working as house helpers and are not recipients of 4Ps or DOLE’s community-based package, only one card will be given.

It is also applicable to street dwellers, he said.

Each family will receive cash assistance amounting Php5,000-8,000 for two months based on the regional minimum wage rate but this should not be on top of existing social programs.

Nograles also clarified that 4Ps beneficiaries need not fill up the social amelioration cards as they are included in the national data base. He said that beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) cash card holders in NCR, CAR, CALABARZON, BARMM, Regions I, II, and III were able to withdraw their emergency subsidies on April 3. On the other hand, beneficiaries from Regions IV-B, V,VI,VII and IX received their subsidies on April 4. 4Ps beneficiaries in Regions VIII, X, XI, XII, and CARAGA also received their emergency subsidy last Sunday.

For those without cash cards, cash subsidies were downloaded by DSWD to its regional offices. Beneficiaries were advised to wait for announcement from respective local government units on the process and date of distribution.

In the spirit of the Lenten season, Secretary Nograles also appealed for self-assessment and reflection.

“We count 18 million families who are in need. Hindi na po isinama ang mga may-kaya. Kung may-kaya naman kayo at hindi naman kayo nabibilang dun sa mga poorest or the poor na mga kababayan natin, ‘wag na tayong magpumilit. Ibigay na muna natin [ang tulong ng gobyerno] sa ibang hindi nakakasustento sa kanilang pamilya,” he said.— Courtesy of Melinda T. Quinones / PIA.GOV.PH / (MTQ/PIA-IDPD)

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