MANILA - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has distributed P80.8 billion to more than 1,500 local government units (LGUs) under the national government's social amelioration program (SAP), DSWD chief Rolando Bautista said Thursday.
Bautista said in an interview that due to the distribution, more than P50 billion worth of cash aid has been received by SAP beneficiaries.
"Pangkalahatan, umaabot na sa P52 billion ang naipahatid sa 8 million na benepisyaro ng social amelioration program," he told radio DZMM.
Bautista said that 98.61 percent of government funds allocated for the SAP implementation has been distributed by the DSWD to the LGUs, which have sent financial aid to 6.1 million beneficiaries to help them during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
More than 120 LGUs have completed their distribution of subsidies to beneficiaries outside Metro Manila. Of the total, 6 have submitted their liquidation reports.
Around P16.3 billion worth of financial aid has also been distributed to 8.7 million beneficiaries of the government's Pantawid ng Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), said Bautista.
At least 40,000 transport network vehicle and public utility vehicle drivers in Metro Manila that are members of the 4Ps have also received a total of P323.4 million worth of cash aid, he said.
The DSWD chief assured they will continue their programs to help Filipinos, especially those who have lost their income due to the enhanced community quarantine, through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guidelines earlier released by the DSWD on the social amelioration program state that families entitled to the cash grant will be approached by representatives of their respective local government units.
Among those entitled to government aid are the elderly, homeless Filipinos, "no work, no pay" workers, farmers and fishermen, and drivers of public utility vehicles.