BY NANETTE GUADALQUIVER
The Bacolod City government announced the resumption of the digital distribution of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis financial aid to some 15,000 beneficiaries yesterday.
Pacita Tero, head of the city Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD), said the release, through the designated payout centers, will cover the two tranches of the social amelioration program (SAP) grant.
The beneficiaries will receive P6,000 for each month, or a total of P12,000 for two months, through Cebuana Lhuillier, ML Lhuillier, or USSC Service Store.
“We have decided to resume the distribution of the SAP grant after some of our social workers and personnel already tested negative for Covid-19,” Tero said.
On July 27, the SAP digital distribution in Bacolod was suspended after personnel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the local DSSD office that provide assistance during the payouts had exposure to Covid-19 positive patients. They underwent swab tests and were placed under home quarantine.
Tero said those who have yet to get the SAP aid can inquire from their barangay halls about the list of payout centers and the schedule for claiming the amount.
“We are requesting the ‘left-out’ beneficiary families to claim their cash grants,” she added.
At the payout centers, a staff of the DSWD or DSSD will provide the reference number to the claimant.
Records showed that some P188.5 million was allotted to the 15,713 recipients in Bacolod, who were listed as “left-out”, or those who did not avail of the first tranche amount of P6,000 in April.
About P1.3 billion was allotted for the SAP recipients, including the amount allocated for the “left-outs”, in Bacolod.
The first tranche amounting to P588.9 million was distributed to 98,143 residents while the second tranche of P583.6 billion benefited 97,266 city residents.
More than 113,000 family-beneficiaries in the city, majority of its more than half a million residents, availed from the government’s subsidy program for the Covid-19 crisis.
Under the Emergency Subsidy Program as provided under the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, qualified beneficiaries from low-income households were given the cash aid downloaded by the DSWD.*PNA