As it has distributed more than P931-million worth of cash subsidies under Bayanihan 2, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured the public Thursday that the provision of social protection programs to identified family-recipients continues.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) (MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Over 142,000 low-income families have received their entitled emergency subsidies,  worth more than P931 million,  the DSWD said. 

“As of Dec. 17, there are 142,058 beneficiaries who received their emergency subsidy under Bayanihan 2,” it said in a statement. 

Of the number,  11,480 recipients are from areas under granular lockdown, while 130,578 are additional beneficiaries or those who did not receive Social Amelioration Program (SAP)  1 and 2 subsidies.

“The total subsidy distributed to the qualified beneficiaries reached more than P931 million,” the DSWD said. 

Republic Act No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, popularly known as Bayanihan 2 tasks the DSWD to implement the Bayanihan 2 Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) for low-income, non-formal sector family beneficiaries affected by the declaration of community quarantine measures.

According to the DSWD, the emergency subsidy under Bayanihan 2 is a one-time cash grant amounting to P5,000 to P8,000, which is being distributed to low income family beneficiaries who are physically residing in areas placed under granular lockdown from the date of effectivity of the Bayanihan 2 on Sept. 14, 2020 certified by the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force.

Also expected to benefit from the ESP are families of Overseas Filipino Workers who were deported or who arrived in the country from Sept. 14 to Dec. 19, 2020, provided that they are undocumented or displaced from their jobs abroad; and qualified low-income family beneficiaries who may not be under granular lockdown but were not included in the list submitted to DSWD during the SAP implementation.

The DSWD also assured the public that the implementation of various intervention to aid in the recovery of poor families and households  continues.

These include the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation, Supplementary Feeding Program, Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program, and the provision of food and non-food items as augmentation support to the local government units.

Source: Manila Bulletin (