According to Provincial Social Welfare and Development officer Corazon Lilian Celia Rin, around P1.2 million in funds from the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) social amelioration program (SAP) were distributed to at least 85 beneficiaries in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, for their livelihood.
The grant, according to Rin, is intended to help recipients cope with the ongoing threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Glory Valenzuela, a SAP beneficiary, said the DSWD grant of PHP15,000 in cash will help her feed her growing chicks and ducklings.
According to Rin, social workers carefully analyzed the recipients, and due to various COVID-19 constraints, it took them longer than normal to complete the process.
Applicants were required to submit a “business plan,” which, if found viable, would be rewarded with a grant that matched their needs.
“After giving them the amount, they will be monitored where they spent the amount,” Rin said.
Rin further stressed that a monitoring team from the DSWD Ilocos Norte sub-office and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office has been deployed to keep an eye on the beneficiaries.
The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, or Republic Act 11469, was signed into law in March, requiring the DSWD to conduct statewide social amelioration measures to assist vulnerable sectors during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period.
According to the guidelines, the SAP will give a grant of P5,000 or more in cash or in kind to 18 million disadvantaged Filipino households, based on the region’s minimum wage rate.
The poorest of the poor or those who work in the informal sector, home workers, house helpers, public transportation drivers, micro-entrepreneurs and producers, family business owners, sub-minimum wage owners, farmers, employees affected by the no-work, no-pay policy, and stranded workers are among those who will benefit from the said grant.
Other vulnerable household members, such as senior citizens, people with disabilities, pregnant and lactating women, single parents, distressed overseas Filipino workers, indigenous peoples, and homeless people, will also benefit from SAP.