The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warned it will not distribute the emergency cash subsidy for the low-income families in a particular area for next month if the local government unit will not complete the payout and submit a liquidation report for cash grants given out for the month of April.
DSWD Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje made the remark on Thursday during a virtual press briefing to give updates on the Social Amelioration Program of the department for those affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
According to Paje, the memorandum of agreement signed between the DSWD and the LGUs on the distribution of the emergency cash subsidy states that the local administrations have the responsibility to properly distribute the P5,000 to P8,000 cash grants to low-income families subject to accounting and auditing regulations of the Commission on Audit.
“Maaapektuhan ang pamamahagi ng subsidy sa buwan ng Mayo kung hindi matatapos ng mga LGU o ng ilang LGU ang payout,” he said.
“Mapipilitan ang DSWD na hindi muna ibigay ang kasunod na bahagi ng emergency subsidy sa sinumang LGU na hindi makakapagpasa ng liquidation report sa takdang araw,” he added.
Paje said the DSWD is coordinating with the Department of the Interior and Local Government to direct LGUs to fast track the payout of the cash subsidies for the month of April.
The department is also looking for possible mechanisms to speed up the distribution of the funds.
Under the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, around 18 million low-income households belonging to the informal sector will be targeted to receive monthly emergency subsidies amounting to P5,000 to P8,000 for April and May.
The law also provides for an expanded and enhanced Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program, responsive to the needs of those affected by the enhanced community quarantine may also be implemented.
Paje reported that as of Wednesday, the DSWD has downloaded P75.7 billion in 1,456 LGUs across the country for the Social Amelioration Program, of which more than P27.9 billion have been distributed to over 5.7 million beneficiaries. —LDF, GMA News