DSWD begins payout for second tranche of COVID-19 cash aid

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 11) — Poor families have begun receiving the second tranche of COVID-19 cash aid, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said on Thursday.

Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista said the 1.3 million Pantawid Pamilyang PIlipino cash card holders could now begin withdrawing the next financial assistance from the government.

Ang kanilang ayuda ay na-credit na sa kanilang account kahapon. Sa susunod na linggo, susunod ang mga lugar kung saan nakapagsagawa na at natapos ang validation,” Bautista said in an online media briefing.

[Translation: Aid for them has been credited to their accounts yesterday. Next week, areas where validation has been completed would come next.]

The validation process to prevent duplication of beneficiaries delayed the distribution of the second tranche of cash aid from the original schedule in May.

The government, however, believes that the distribution of the second tranche would be faster.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque had said it would only take two days to distribute cash assistance to some 17 million families electronically and with the help from the military.

The government will tap an online cash system called ReliefAgad where beneficiaries can choose their preferred mode of payment – cash, PayMaya, GCash, or through bank accounts. If electronic transmission is not available, police and military personnel will assist in cash distribution.

The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act authorized Duterte to provide an emergency subsidy of ₱5,000 to ₱8,000 each to 18 million low income families once a month for two months. Some 98 percent of the beneficiaries were able to receive the first tranche of cash aid, but implementation was marred with delays and corruption allegations.