Issue of February 11, 2018

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Indigent households to receive additional P200 cash transfer
by Phylein Maria Rosette U. Callangan

The Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT)lodged under the Department of Social Welfare and Development will soon be released in accordance with the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion.

The UCT scheme of the DSWD aims to serve around 10 million poor households. It comprises of 4.4 million households of under the Pantawid Pamilya, three million indigent senior citizens under the Social Pension Program, and 2.6 million poor under the Listahanan.

In the Cordillera, 62,880 households under the Pantawid Pamilya and 85,048 indigent senior citizens under the Social Pension Program will receive the assistance.

Around 32,000 remaining households from the region are still subject to validation and approval by the central office.

OIC Secretary Emmanuel A. Leyco said all Pantawid Pamilya households who have clean and active registration will receive an additional P200 unconditional cash transfer on top of their regular grants.

A total of 1.8 million beneficiaries with cash cards or automated teller machine cards will receive the additional benefit first while the 2.6 million Pantawid Pamilya members without cash cards will receive the UCT grant through conduits as soon as possible.

Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Coordinator Fatima D. Florendo said OIC Regional Director Janet P. Armas is in constant coordination with the office of the OIC Secretary on the status of release of the grant.

The UCT aims to alleviate the additional cost of living brought about by the increase in the prices of common commodities.

“Since the grants are unconditional, these are not required to be compliant with either health or education conditions of the program, unlike the rice subsidy that they are also receiving,” Florendo added.

Baguio City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty F. Fangasan said the Unconditional Cash Transfer is helpful in temporarily alleviating the needs of the beneficiaries, but she believes the meager amount is not sustainable.

Ligaya dela Cruz, a Pantawid beneficiary from Baguio City, said the additional P200 would help in her children’s expenses.

The UCT will be implemented for three years. This year, each Pantawid Pamilya household will receive P200 per month or a total of P2,400 a year. This will increase to P300 per month or P3,600 annually in 2019 and 2020.

The UCT has been allotted P24 billion in the 2018 budget.

“We are committed to serving the Filipino people the best way that we can,” Leyco said.

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