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Barangay officials in W. Visayas accused of cash aid anomalies

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Two barangay chairmen and other government employees are accused of approving unqualified beneficiaries

Residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila receives P8,000 cash aid from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on the eve of the payout deadline, May 6, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Automated DSWD subsidy a problem in far-flung areas with no ATMs

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Only 1.3 million out of the targeted 13.5 million poor families have received the second tranche of the cash aid promised to them

STILL DELAYED. Residents line up at a Landbank branch in Quezon City on April 9, 2020 to withdraw their financial assistance from the government. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on DSWD's emergency subsidy program

Jul 07, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Watch the hearing live on Monday, June 22, at 1 pm

DSWD vows no more anomalies after LGUs removed from cash aid distribution

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:25 PM

Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista guarantees that since the DSWD will no longer transfer funds to local government units, local officials can no longer meddle with the cash aid

The Social Amelioration Program Monitoring Team composing of employees from the DSWD Field Office Caraga reviews the Social Amelioration Cards (SAC) of the beneficiaries in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.

DSWD cash aid might be subject to withdrawal fees

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:05 PM

The DSWD partners with more financial service providers to conduct payouts for the emergency subsidy program, but beneficiaries may have to pay a withdrawal fee of up to P50 to receive them

Residents of Quezon City line up at Landbank COA in Quezon City on Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020, to withdraw the financial assistance from the government social amelioration program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Almost 300,000 families have yet to receive April cash aid – Malacañang

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:42 PM

This does not include the 5 million waitlisted families from across the country that were added to the program

Residents of Baseco Compound wait in line for their financial assistance from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program distributed by DSWD at the Baseco Elementary School in Tondo, Manila on May 2, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

DSWD says cash aid will continue after Bayanihan Act expires

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:40 PM

The emergency subsidy program was created in the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which Malacañang says expires on June 25

Social Amelioration Program distribution in Cavite. - Residents of Barangay Pasong Camachile 1 in City of General Trias trooped at Barangay covered on Thursday, May 7, 2020 to received their Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of National Government thru the Department of Social Welfare Development. The locality has 44, 373 beneficiaries in 33 barangay. (Dennis Abrina)

Lawmakers berate DSWD regional directors over delays in aid distribution

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano tells DSWD regional directors that not following the policies ordered by their superiors could be seen as 'insubordination'

Residents of Baseco Compound wait in line for their financial assistance from the government's emergency subsidy program distributed by DSWD on May 2, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Lawmaker slams DSWD for distribution policies that caused crowds

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Making cash aid beneficiaries line up at distribution points could have caused COVID-19 transmission, says Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor

Residents wait in line as they crowd the Old Balara Elementary School in Quezon City to claim their cash assistance for the Emergency Subsidy Program of the government on May 6, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

DSWD ready to shed light on cash aid delays in House probe

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:58 PM

The House is set to begin investigating the delays in the government's cash aid program on Monday, June 22

Emergency Cash Assistance returned General Trias Cavite. Photo by Dennis Abrina

Cayetano, House leaders seek probe into delays in DSWD subsidy program

Jun 16, 2020 - 3:25 PM

The ranking lawmakers hit the Department of Social Welfare and Development for its failure to streamline the distribution process, forcing beneficiaries to wait for weeks

WAITING IN LINE. Residents of Barangay San Jose in Rodriguez, Rizal, queue for the distribution of DSWD's emergency subsidy on May 12, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DSWD cash aid comes after Michelle Silvertino dies

Jun 12, 2020 - 7:15 AM

The family of the stranded worker, who died while waiting for a bus ride home to Bicol, receives P15,000 and educational and livelihood assistance

DSWD begins 2nd tranche of cash aid with 4Ps beneficiaries

Jun 11, 2020 - 4:33 PM

The long-awaited cash aid for May begins on the second week of June

Residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila receives P8,000 cash aid from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on the eve of the payout deadline, May 6, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cayetano warns gov't officials over 'inexcusable' Bayanihan law problems

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the House 'will be having an accounting' of the problematic implementation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act

SUBSIDY PROGRAM. A mother and her 7-month old son wait for the distribution of the government's emergency subsidy program on May 12, 2020 at Barangay San Jose in Rodriguez, Rizal. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Año says families of some erring barangay officials got cash aid

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:56 AM

DILG files criminal complaints to some 155 barangay officials over alleged cash aid distribution irregularities

CASH AID. DILG files cases against erring barangay officials over cash aid anomalies. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Filipinos can now receive cash aid from gov't via PayMaya

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:10 PM

Beneficiaries can go to Smart Padala branches to retrieve the funds from their PayMaya e-wallet


[OPINION] Why the emergency subsidy program affects PWDs the hardest

Jun 03, 2020 - 2:34 PM

'News reports [indicate] how PWDs suffered from their attempt to avail of the subsidy benefit, such as lining up despite excruciating pain for the entire day'

DSWD eyes distribution of cash aid for 2nd tranche this week

Jun 02, 2020 - 5:09 PM

After failing to give out the cash aid in May, Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista says the DSWD has already prepared the guidelines on the distribution of the second tranche of the financial subsidy

CASH AID. File photo of Cavite residents waiting for the distribution of cash aid. Photo by Dennis Abrina

Emergency digital library sued over 'brazen' copyright violations

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:56 AM

Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, John Wiley & Sons and Penguin Random House say the free digital library is in violation of copyright law

NATIONAL EMERGENCY LIBRARY. Foreground image from the Internet Archive.


As May ends, DSWD unable to release cash aid for 2nd tranche

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:27 AM

The DSWD calls on local governments to submit liquidation reports so it can complete validation

Residents of Barangay Labas in Sta. Rosa, Laguna receive their financial assistance under the government's Emergency Subsidy Program during the last day of payout on May 7, 2020. According to Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano, the May 7 deadline for the SAP payout might be extended as local officials in some areas faced problems that prevented them from giving cash assistance to beneficiaries. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

No coronavirus emergency cash aid for June – Roque

May 30, 2020 - 2:23 PM

An exception may be made for families living in areas that have been placed under localized ECQ by mayors and governors

Residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila receives P8,000 cash aid from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on the eve of the payout deadline, May 6, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

134 barangay officials face criminal complaints over cash aid anomalies

May 25, 2020 - 4:42 PM

Anomalies committed by the barangay officials include splitting of amounts, falsification of the list, getting a cut or 'tara' from beneficiaries, among others

AID. DSWD emergency subsidy program beneficiaries of Barangay Pasong Tamo in Quezon City receive P8,000 on the last day of cash aid distribution on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD asks for 'understanding' as cash aid for May remains delayed

May 21, 2020 - 4:35 PM

Nearing the last week of May, the DSWD says it is still waiting for a directive from the Office of the President on the distribution of emergency cash subsidies for the second tranche

Icy Wahingon with her 7-month old son wait for the distribution of the government's Emergency Subsidy Program to start on May 12, 2020, at Barangay San Jose in Rodriguez, Rizal. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Military to help give out cash subsidy in remote, critical areas

May 20, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The government will no longer entrust the cash aid's second installment to local governments, following reports of anomalies in the distribution

MILITARY AND POLICE. Combined troops from the military and police in a briefing prior to enforcing a total lockdown of Sampaloc, Manila, in April 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

23 barangay officials face criminal charges over cash aid distribution

May 18, 2020 - 9:05 AM

Barangay officials are accused of falsifying the list of beneficiaries and getting a cut or 'tara' from the emergency subsidy program

CASH AID. Residents of Barangay Labas in Sta. Rosa, Laguna receive their financial assistance under the government's Emergency Subsidy Program during the last day of payout on May 7, 2020. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

DSWD, DICT launch ‘ReliefAgad’ app for electronic cash aid distribution

May 14, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Beneficiaries of the government’s coronavirus cash aid program can choose to receive their subsidies through mobile banking apps like GCash and PayMaya

EBRD sounds warning for virus-hit emerging economies

May 13, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development warns that 'longer-term economic, political, and social effects' could deepen the painful downturn

EASING RESTRICTIONS. People walk on the waterfront of Thessaloniki, Greece, on May 1, 2020, after a month of banned access to the promenade. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

DSWD vows faster distribution of coronavirus cash aid this May

May 12, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Almost 600 local governments have yet to complete cash aid distributions for the month of April

Residents wait in line as they crowd the Old Balara Elementary School in Quezon City to claim their cash assistance for the Emergency Subsidy Program of the government on May 6, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

Caraga completes distribution of emergency subsidy to non-4Ps families

May 10, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development lauds the local government units' efficient implementation of the emergency subsidy program in the Caraga region

CASH AID. The DSWD Field Office Caraga reviews the social amelioration cards of the beneficiaries in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte. Photo from DSWD Caraga website

5 million more families 'waitlisted' for emergency subsidy program

May 07, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Poor families who appealed after being initially excluded from the government's list of cash aid beneficiaries are now part of the additional 5 million who will receive aid

Residents of Teachers Village East in Quezon City queue for the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on May 2, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lockdown cash aid reached only 56% of target beneficiaries in April

May 01, 2020 - 2:25 PM

Under the government's emergency subsidy program, 18 million poor families are supposed to get cash subsidies of P5,000 to P8,000 for April and May

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

European Central Bank ready to reload as 'unprecedented' slump hits

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:00 PM

'The euro area is facing an economic contraction of a magnitude and speed that are unprecedented in peacetime,' says European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 12, 2020,, the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB, R) on the banks of the river Main and the banking district (in background) are pictured in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. - The European Central Bank could reiterate on April 30, 2020 its power to do more still to cushion the eurozone economy from the impact of the novel coronavirus, analysts said, while maintaining pressure on governments to agree a joint response. (Photo by Daniel ROLAND / AFP)

DILG, DSWD extending deadline for LGUs to complete April cash aid

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:03 PM

DILG chief Eduardo Año says they understand that it is difficult to distribute cash aid while observing physical distancing in areas that are densely populated, like in Metro Manila

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Local officials could face charges if cash aid isn't distributed by April 30

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:33 PM

The DSWD says it is in constant coordination with local governments in speeding up the distribution of emergency subsidies

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Ex-DSWD chief Dinky Soliman on assessing the emergency subsidy program

Apr 28, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Former DSWD secretary Dinky Soliman says collaborative, evidence-based, and empowering approaches would greatly impact aiding the poor in the coronavirus lockdown

DSWD partners with DICT for automated emergency subsidies

Apr 28, 2020 - 4:44 PM

The DSWD and DICT are working together to develop an app that would facilitate electronic cash transfers for poor families affected by the coronavirus lockdown

[EXPLAINER] State auditors have bad news for COVID-19 ‘epal’

Apr 25, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Officials who plaster their names and pictures on government-funded relief goods and materials will be obliged by COA to pay back

May emergency subsidies to be delayed if LGU fails to report April payouts – DSWD

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:44 PM

As of April 22, only around 31% target beneficiaries have received emergency subsidies from the DSWD

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FALSE: P57-B 'balance' in DSWD subsidy even if all families get coronavirus cash aid

Apr 22, 2020 - 2:33 PM

The computation used here does not consider that the P200-billion emergency subsidy covers two months and is given only to the target 18 million low-income families

Barangays ordered to publish names of residents eligible for DSWD cash aid

Apr 20, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says this is needed for 'transparency purposes' and to protect barangay officials

EMERGENCY AID. Assistance under the emergency subsidy program is given to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pasig starts distributing subsidy, passes ordinance vs discrimination of virus cases

Apr 18, 2020 - 7:56 PM

Adopting a similar ordinance from the City of Manila, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto says people who harass suspected or confirmed coronavirus patients, health workers, and other frontliners will be punished

DISINFECTION. Pasig City health workers disinfect persons coming in and out of the City Hall on March 19, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD to LGUs: Distribute emergency subsidy first, validation later

Apr 16, 2020 - 5:23 PM

The DSWD amends its guidelines to speed up the distribution of emergency subsidies to families in need during the coronavirus crisis

Transport drivers from various organizations line up at the Philcoa Landbank in Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Monday, April 13, 2020, to withdraw the financial assistance from the government social amelioration program, amid Luzon enhanced community quarantine to control the spread of coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD asks LGUs to fund emergency subsidies for families not on gov't list

Apr 15, 2020 - 1:55 PM

In its 'appeal to the nation,' the DSWD also seeks the public's understanding on how it prioritized the recipients of its emergency subsidy program, saying these people need help to 'survive this crisis'

National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020, part of the 'Bayanihan to Heal as One Act' to provide subsidy to low income families affected by enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

All Pasig families to receive cash aid but Vico Sotto asks the well-off to waive it

Apr 15, 2020 - 1:29 PM

There’s not enough time or data on hand to identify who are actually needy, so all the city’s residents not on the DSWD emergency subsidy list will receive P8,000, says the Pasig mayor

VICO SOTTO. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during a Rappler Talk interview in October 2019. Rappler file photo

Sotto asks LGUs to shoulder cash aid for families not on emergency subsidy list

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:40 PM

'Abonohan mo muna, makakasingil ka naman sa gobyerno,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who also wants a probe into the national ID system often blamed for the slow disbursement of cash aid to low-income families

CASH AID. National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

195 cities, municipalities still can't access DSWD emergency subsidy

Apr 13, 2020 - 9:22 PM

They still have not done the proper paperwork, Malacañang says in its latest report to Congress on the government's coronavirus response

CASH AID. People line up for the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pasig City to cover poor families not on DSWD emergency subsidy list

Apr 13, 2020 - 5:25 PM

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto vows to give cash assistance to families who were cut from the Department of Social Welfare and Development's list of beneficiaries

VICO SOTTO. In this file photo, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto leads the distribution of the first batch of Pamaskong Handog goody bags to residents on November 28, 2019. File photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Submerged by debt: Emerging economies at risk from virus

Apr 07, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Many emerging economies were already in dire straits before anybody had heard of COVID-19. Their situation is now worse.

A labourer wearing a facemask carries a sack full of carrots at a vegetable market during a nationwide curfew imposed as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Colombo on April 4, 2020. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

[ANALYSIS] Coronavirus lessons from Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam

Mar 27, 2020 - 6:00 PM

If we were to seriously learn lessons from other countries' experiences, then President Duterte needs to shift his mindset

National Emergency Library lets users freely borrow 1.4M books

Mar 25, 2020 - 4:21 PM

The National Emergency Library seeks to fulfill the 'unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials' during the coronavirus pandemic

NATIONAL EMERGENCY LIBRARY. Foreground image from the Internet Archive.