The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced that they now have the guidelines for the distribution of the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash subsidies soon.
In a virtual press briefing, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista made a call for Local Government Units (LGUs) to submit their liquidation reports so that the agency could start the validation process in order to identify eligible beneficiaries of the subsidy program.
In March 2020, Congress allotted ₱200 billion for all low-income families nationwide as an aid from the harrowing effects of the community quarantines due to the coronavirus pandemic. The cash subsidy for 18 million Filipino households is just one of the provisions of the Republic Act No. 11469, also known as the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act.
Bautista said that as of June 2020, more than ₱99.7 billion in subsidies has been given to around 17.6 million beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program.
For the DSWD SAP second tranche, the agency is seeking to sign up 11.5 more recipients. Upon the recommendation of the IATF, the following areas will receive a second wave of cash subsidies:
- Metro Manila
- Central Luzon (except Aurora)
- Bacolod City
- Iloilo province
- Cebu province
- Davao City
- Zamboanga City
Learn how to avail the DSWD Social Amelioration Program subsidy and know the requirements in claiming the cash grants for those affected by quarantine.
Requirements for the Social Amelioration Cash Subsidy
Here the documents you need to prepare and submit according to your classification as a beneficiary:
1. For Senior Citizens
- Senior Citizen’s ID from DSWD
2. For Persons with Disability
You can present any of the following:
- PWD ID
- Certificate of Separation from Work
- Certificate of Suspension of Work
3. For single parents
You need to submit any of the following:
- Solo Parent’s ID
- Certificate of Employment
- Separation from or Suspension of Work
4. For rice farmers
You need to present the following:
- RSBSA Enrollment Stub (for Cash subsidy)
- Notice of Gash Grant (for Cash subsidy)
- Loan Application (for SURE Aid)
- One (1) valid ID with picture
- Simplified Promissory Note (PN), filled out
5. Pregnant or Lactating Women
Any of the following document must be submitted:
- Valid ID
- Certification from Rural Health Unit or Birth Certificate of the Child
6. For indigent indigenous peoples, homeless families, underprivileged sector, and other vulnerable groups
You may submit any of the following documents, whichever applies:
- Barangay certificate (as proof of belonging to homeless families or other marginal groups)
- Certification from the DSWD or Municipal Social Welfare Development (MSWD) office of your current location
- Certification from the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) office, the tribal chieftain, or the council of elders (stating that the beneficiaries are Indigenous Peoples and indigent
7. For self-employed or workers in the informal sector
Submit any of the following documents that apply to you:
- Barangay Clearance
- Certificate of Employment
- Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC)
- Certification from the Barangay
- Certification of membership from the Organization Association
- Driver’s license
- Employment ID or Kasambahay ID
- Proof of business
- Relevant documents as a proof of employment, occupation, or enterprise
- Separation from or Suspension of Work from the employer
- TODA ID
8. For Service-Conduit Borrowers
Submit these documents for pre-release:
- Loan application
- List of Eligible Rice Farmers
- Board Resolution for financial assistance (indicating at least two (2) representatives to accomplish the loan documents with the identified Government Financial Institutions (GFI)
- Standard PN Authority to Debit Deposit Account
Submit these documents for post-release:
- Deed of Assignment of Sub-PNS
- Liquidation report (on the loans disbursed before the availment of the next loan)
9. For Overseas Filipinos in distress
You must submit:
- Valid passport bio page (scanned/image)
And a copy of any of the following:
- Passport arrival stamp
- Proof of departure ticket
- Overseas Employment Certificate
- Employment Contract
- Any other documents proving you were repatriated/banned from traveling outside the Philippines within the prescribed period
10. For Employers
You must submit:
- Establishment report
- Company payroll
11. For ALL heads of the eligible families/household
You must accomplish this important document:
- Social Amelioration Card (SAC) form
How to claim the emergency cash subsidy
Here is the process to receive the COVID-19 cash grant from DSWD:
- SAC Forms will be provided to families on a house-to-house basis by the local government units.
- The head of the family must fill out the forms with complete and accurate data as it will be used by DSWD and other relevant government offices to validate every member who is eligible to the cash subsidy.
- Submit the forms along with the documents applicable to your classification as a beneficiary to the authorized personnel who will return to your house.
- Wait for further instructions and the assistance that will be provided by the local government unit.
How much is the original COVID-19 cash subsidy?
The cash subsidy will range between ₱5,000 and ₱8,000 each month for two months, depending on the computations of minimum daily pay in the corresponding regions. The amount may vary for the second tranche of the SAP.
Here is the table of cash subsidy per region based on the computed minimum wages:
|Region||Amount of Cash Subsidy for each household|
Those families who are receiving existing financial assistance from the local or national programs (such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Unconditional Cast Transfer of DSWD) will get additional support to meet the standard amount of the emergency subsidy.
As mentioned above, the list from 4Ps and UCT will also be used to verify the beneficiaries and these beneficiaries will be given a social amelioration card (SAC) forms in a house-to-house manner for claiming.
For more information about the SAP second tranche, you may visit the DSWD website.
(This article was originally published on April 2, 2020, and updated on June 5, 2020.)