SAN FERNANDO CITY, Aug. 4 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) reported on Monday that, as of August 3, more than 300,000 beneficiaries from Pangasinan have received the second tranche of the social amelioration program (SAP).
Darwin Chan, regional information officer of DSWD FO 1, said that Pangasinan is the only province among the four provinces of Region 1 that received the second tranche as recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).
"Pangasinan lamang po dito sa Region 1 ang nakatanggap ng pangalawang ayuda ng gobyerno dahil ito lamang po ang nailagay under enhanced community quarantine status mula May 1-15," said Chan.
Latest data shows that 361,563 of the targeted 556,917 beneficiaries in Pangasinan have received the said cash aid. This translates to almost 65 percent of accomplishment.
Of the the total number of beneficiaries, there has been 100 percent accomplishment in the distribution of cash assistance to all 123,789 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries.
On the other hand, 237,774 out of 433,128 non-4Ps recipients have received their financial support.
Overall, this provides an actual pay out amounting to Php1,821,481,350.00.
Php513,724,350.00 was paid to 4Ps beneficiaries, mostly through their cash card while Php1,307,757,000.00 was disbursed to non-4Ps via Financial Service Providers (FSPs) namely GCash, RCBC, and Starpay.
"Ang DSWD ay nakipartner po sa ating FSPs sa pamamagitan ng Memorandum of Agreement para mas mapabilis po ang pagbibigay ng ayuda sa ating mga kababayan," Chan said.
Meanwhile, a total of 24,166 waitlisted beneficiaries in the region received the same cash assistance in the amount of Php5,500.00 each.
Per province, Pangasinan has the most number of recipients with 16,593; Ilocos Sur with 4,666; La Union with 1,722; and Ilocos Norte with 1,185.
"The amount paid to waitlisted beneficiaires have reached Php132,913,000.00," said Chan.
At the national level, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said that more than P58.5 billion cash aid under the SAP second tranche has already been distributed to 8, 979, 360 beneficiaries.
"Umaabot tayo ng 63 percent kasi marami pa ang mga payouts na ipoproseso. Ang ineestimate namin ay aabot tayo ng 80 percent within this week and, hopefully by second week of August, ay makaabot tayo sa 100 percent," he said in an interview on Network Briefing News hosted by Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.
Meanwhile, aside from the distribution of the second tranche of cash aid, the Secretary enumerated the other programs of the department for those who are in need, especially during this time of the COVID-19 crisis. (JCR/JND, PIA La Union)