As the second month of the emergency subsidy program (ESP) approaches, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced it is partnering with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to perform automated cash payouts for poor families.
The current setup calls for social workers and local government officials to go house to house in administering social amelioration cards and handing over the cash subsidies.
"Ang ahensya ay nakipag-ugnayan sa DICT para sa pag-develop ng isang aplikasyon para sa mga benepisyaryo na makapag-register at makatanggap ng automated payments,” DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said in a press briefing on Tuesday, April 28.
(The [DSWD] is coordinating with the DICT to develop an application for beneficiaries to register and receive automated payments.)
"Tayo po ay nakipag-usap sa mga third party payment platforms upang tingnan kung paano makapag-transfer ng funds sa paraang safe at efficient,” said Bautista.
(We are talking to third party payment platforms to see how to transfer funds safely and efficiently.)
The original ESP was meant to cater to 18 million poor families nationwide that were further affected by the coronavirus lockdown – where they would receive a subsidy of P5,000 to P8,000 a month for April and May.
The DSWD said it is still in the process of formulating guidelines on this new directive with other agencies, namely, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
Their recommendations would still need to be approved by the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) before the directive is fully effective.
The Philippines is under a state of calamity due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Luzon under lockdown until April 30. Other localities have declared lockdowns on their own to curb the spread of the disease. – Rappler.com