DSWD holds pilot payout of unconditional cash transfer in Pampanga
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Acting Secretary Virginia N. Orogo has led the pilot payout of the unconditional cash transfer (UCT) grant to indigent senior citizens in San Fernando City, Pampanga.
During the recent event, 733 indigent senior citizens, who are beneficiaries of the DSWD’s Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC), received their lump sum UCT grant amounting to P2,400.
“Ang gusto natin ay sustainable na pagtulong at hindi po parang stop-gap lamang. Iyon po ang patuloy na pinag-aaralan natin katuwang ang ibang ahensya ng gobyerno. We want to address poverty in a sustainable way and manner,” Orogo explained.
Being implemented by the DSWD, UCT is a cash subsidy provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law to help poor Filipinos cushion the adverse economic impact of the law.
For 2018, the 10 million target beneficiaries will receive P200 per month or P2,400 for one year, while in 2019 and 2020, the aid will increase to P300 or P3,600 a year.
According to the welfare chief, the DSWD targets to complete the release of the subsidy before the end of the year or by September. For the social pension beneficiaries, the Department is targeting to finish the release of the assistance by July. A total of three million indigent senior citizens will receive the UCT grant.
Orogo said the seniors who will receive the subsidy will come from the list of the SPISC beneficiaries of the DSWD.
SPISC is a program of the Department that provides P500 per month to help augment the daily subsistence of poor seniors who are frail, sickly or with a disability; with no regular income or support from family and relatives; and without a pension from private or government institutions.
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