program - updates

Rappler's latest stories on program

ARTICLE FINDER

Fresh outrage as well-connected firms nab U.S. loans

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:35 AM

(UPDATED) The United States Paycheck Protection Program is once again under scrutiny after loans meant for small businesses went to firms with connections

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 06: Manhattan stands in the distance on Monday morning as New York City officially begins Phase Three' of opening on July 06, 2020 as seen from the Staten Island Ferry in New York City. While the resumption of indoor dining has been postponed indefinitely due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in states such as Texas and Florida, Phase Three in New York will allow for beauty businesses nail salons, tanning studios and tattoo parlors to open their doors to customers for the first time in months. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

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

With 2 years left in Duterte's term, where are we on Build, Build, Build?

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:23 PM

Only 34% of the Duterte administration's flagship infrastructure projects are being implemented, so far

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

Rappler ends 2019 with income: A comeback year

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:56 AM

It's been 4 years of turning crisis into opportunity

TEAM 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.

Robredo to DOTr: Be 'compassionate,' help traditional jeepney drivers

Jun 21, 2020 - 5:35 PM

'Parang pinapaboran na naman natin dito iyong mga mayayaman.... Paano iyong mga naghikahos na hinulugan iyong kanilang mga jeep?' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Jeepney drivers plying the Tandang Sora-Visayas Avenue-City Hall route beg for financial help from the public passing by their terminal in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City on April 27, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

New U.S. layoffs show mixed impact of small business loans

Jun 19, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The United States economy continues to bleed jobs, even as states reopen and despite federal initiatives like the Paycheck Protection Program

CLOSED. A homeless man walks past closed stores in the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles, California, on April 2, 2020. Photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to end 'Dreamer' immigrant program

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:21 PM

The high court says Trump's 2017 move to cancel his predecessor Barack Obama's landmark Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was 'arbitrary and capricious' under government administrative procedures

DREAMERS. In this file photo, young immigrants and supporters walk while holding signs during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program held in Los Angeles, California, on September 1, 2017. File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

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

Eastern Visayas coronavirus cases spike to over 300

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:38 AM

The region confirms 69 new cases – the highest number of fresh cases recorded in Eastern Visayas in a single day

FRONTLINERS. Health workers speak outside the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center. Photo from EVRMC's Facebook page

22 Leyte health workers test positive for coronavirus

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:55 PM

From only two coronavirus cases in April, Leyte province now has 195 cases

HEALTH WORKERS. Health workers speak outside the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center. Photo from EVRMC's Facebook page

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

U.S. Fed at last launches Main Street Lending Program

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:25 AM

The Main Street Lending Program aims to support businesses in the United States that are too big to benefit from the Paycheck Protection Program

Times Square billboards display messages to insurance companies that the most vulnerable businesses, like restaurants and hospitality businesses, need more support to survive the coronavirus pandemic on May 27, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Spike in coronavirus cases in Northern Mindanao, Lanao del Sur blamed on Hatid Probinsya

Jun 15, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Zia Alonto Adiong, Lanao del Sur IATF spokesperson, calls for improvements in the national government's program that helps bring stranded residents and repatriated OFWs back to their provinces

Around 100 Overseas Filipino Workers who were repatriated due to Coronavirus pandemic board a ship at the Northport Terminal in Manila on May 27, 2020, to go home to their respective provinces in Cebu and Cagayan de Oro after their overdue mandatory quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION] Can Balik-Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa help stranded Filipinos?

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:00 AM

'Michelle Silvertino's body, which was buried in a shallow grave, was one of the many casualties, not of COVID-19, but of the pandemic that is our government'

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

Bong Go's Balik Probinsya trips suspended

Jun 11, 2020 - 3:10 PM

The senator's pet project hits a roadblock as the government decides to prioritize the return of stranded OFWs, students, tourists, and workers

Disorganized repatriation program puts E. Visayas rural healthcare at risk

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) The 'Balik Probinsya' and 'Hatid Probinsya' programs are sending coronavirus-positive patients to their home provinces, where healthcare systems are fragile

RURAL HEALTH. Workers in Ormoc wear PPEs at newly-built isolation facilities. Photo from City Government of Ormoc Facebook page

U.S. Fed again expands Main St loan program to reach more firms

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The United States' Main Street Lending Program is available to businesses with up to 15,000 employees, or as much as $5 billion in annual revenue

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 15: Cyclists ride by boarded up businesses on May 15, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Malls and other businesses shutdown in an attempt to contain the coronavirus causing the U.S. retail sales to fall by a record 16.4% from March to April. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

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


[ANALYSIS] 2 4Ps mothers speak up on the coronavirus and their communities

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'Social media is fraught with comments and criticisms on the special attention going to 4Ps beneficiaries. The degrading stereotype of the lazy poor still flourishes, more dangerous than ever...'

[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

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

Cash aid program helped sprout home businesses in Makati, says Abby Binay

May 30, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Makati Mayor Abby Binay says the city government has released a total of P1,035,810,000 in financial assistance to 207,162 qualified residents

CASH AID FOR MAKATIZENS. Makati Mayor Abby Binay holds a virtual press conference on May 11, 2020. Screenshot from My Makati's Facebook page

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

FALSE: Richard Gomez won’t accept returnees to Ormoc City

May 29, 2020 - 9:16 AM

The President says in a late night address that Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez would not accept returning residents in Ormoc City. Gomez never said this.

RELIEF OPERATIONS. Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez talks to personnel working in relief operations. Photo from Richard Gomez' Facebook

Año: Balik Probinsya arrivals confusion in Leyte an 'isolated incident'

May 26, 2020 - 9:48 PM

The interior secretary says Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez may have received some wrong information – the arrivals were stranded people, not OFWs – although it's true they have not been tested for COVID-19

EDUARDO AÑO. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año in a press conference on Monday, February 17, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte's infrastructure push gets $400-million boost from ADB loan

May 26, 2020 - 4:20 PM

This new loan brings the Asian Development Bank's total lending to the Philippines to $2.1 billion so far in 2020

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

5M more households to get 2nd tranche of coronavirus cash aid – Malacañang memo

May 23, 2020 - 6:10 PM

A majority of these additional households will be residents of areas under ECQ

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

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

Dominguez schools Imee Marcos: Masagana program left farmers in debt

May 20, 2020 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III tells Senator Imee Marcos that the rice program during her father's regime led to the bankruptcy of some 800 banks


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

Over 500 stranded students ferried home through Hatid Estudyante program

May 20, 2020 - 12:42 PM

The Department of Transportation says trips to Isabela and Camarines Sur are lined up

CHED

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

Grab teams up with Department of Agriculture for its online delivery service

May 16, 2020 - 10:48 PM

The eKadiwa project will provide access to local produce from the Department of Agriculture's partner agripreneurs. GrabExpress will handle deliveries through its service.

TEAMING UP. Grab Philippines President Brian Cu, Dept of Agriculture Secretary William Dar, and GrabExpress Philippines Head Jacq Lim. Photo from press release.

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

[ANALYSIS] Why we can’t Build, Build, Build our way out of this pandemic

May 14, 2020 - 12:55 PM

In this time of crisis, government needs to get its act together and divert all its energies and resources to saving people’s lives

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.

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