Gov't bars photocopies of social amelioration cards for COVID-19 aid program

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 08 2020 12:46 PM

MANILA- The government will reject photocopied social amelioration cards for its 2-month coronavirus emergency subsidy program for the poor, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Wednesday.

Nograles said the Department of Social Welfare and Development will not honor photocopies of the cards, which are a requirement for families to receive cash aid from the government.

"Hindi po (pwede ang photocopy). 'Yung [local government units] are even helping doon sa pag-print ng social amelioration cards pero hindi photocopy," Nograles said.

The DSWD has started distributing cash aid to poor Filipino families hit by the COVID-19 crisis. The cash aid ranges from P5,000 to P8,000 depending on the minimum wage in the region.

Some families have complained of problems in the distribution of the cash aid, with many saying that they are qualified but were excluded from the program.

Nograles said the public can complain to their respective local government units on issues regarding the cash aid.

"Kung may mga reklamo, sa LGU. Kung di kayo makakalapit sa barangay, sa mayor sa munisipyo ng siyudad or sa governor so sa LGU po lalapit," he said.

So far, the DSWD said it has released the following amounts to the following Metro Manila cities that have complied with the requirements for the cash aid program:

•    Manila- P1.48 billion
•    Parañaque- P621.39 million
•    Caloocan- P1.72 billion
•    Marikina- P449.88 million
•    Pasig- P750.93 million
•    Quezon-P 3.02 billion
•    Mandaluyong- P368.37 million
•    Muntinlupa- P430.68 million
•    Taguig- P739.97 million

The DSWD began the release of the cash aid in Metro Manila last week.