Due to the recent occurrences brought about by the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), a lot of adjustments have been made. This includes jeopardizing the jobs of thousands of Filipinos; informal workers are finding it hard and challenging to put food on the table daily, and other adjustments to the existing routines and livelihoods of the community.
This forced a couple of government agencies to pledge how they’ll be able to help the entire country’s workers. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) promised to provide workers of the informal sector jobs, as well as providing regular employees some sort of financial assistance.
Read More Here: How to Receive Your P5K Salary Subsidy From DOLE
The Pag-IBIG Fund providing a three-month moratorium for all loans, as well as allowing the online registration for the Pag-IBIG Calamity Loan. The country is working hand-in-hand, in providing assistance to everyone living.
Read More Here: Three-Month Moratorium to All Loans, Pag-IBIG Fund
With the press briefing of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the announced that they will be providing cash assistance to the public, amounting to P5K to P8K for two (2) months to families who reside in the most vulnerable and the most dangerous areas in relation to the COVID-19.
Basically, the DSWD said that they’ll provide cash assistance especially to households that have severely been struck by the COVID-19 outbreak. Let’s find out more about the cash assistance from DSWD.
The Cash Assistance From DSWD
This financial assistance that the DSWD is offering families is based on the maximum subsidy per region amounting to P5K to P8K. Moreover, it’s going to be determined from the region’s minimum wage levels as there are approximations to the amount.
The range they provided of P5K to P8K is still relevant to where people are living. This fund would be for the perusal of the families to purchase basic and key commodities and necessities like:
- Hygienic Items
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Health Workers
Is this separate from what the DOLE is offering?
There are a lot of people asking whether or not this is what the DOLE is offering regular employees. To clarify this, YES, this is different from what the Labor Department is offering.
As per the DSWD, this subsidy is going to be supplied to 18 million households that have been severely affected by the enhanced community quarantine. So basically, families on the island of Luzon that have been severely affected are included.
Irene Dumalo, Spokesperson of the DSWD, mentioned in an interview that this the poor is going to be the priority in this case. Reiterating the statement of the Undersecretary for the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Jonathan Malaya, it’s specifically for sectors that belong to the “no work no pay scheme.”
Ito po ang ayuda na ibibigay po natin sa ating mga 18 million households na naapektuhnan po ng enhanced community quarantine. Heto po yong tinatawag nating mga poor or belonging in the low income, or the informal sector. Sila po ‘yung nasa risk, not earning at all during the period of the community quarantine.
In Translation: This is the assistance that we’ll give to about 18 million households affected by the ECQ. They’re the families that we call the poor or those who belong in the low income bracket; those in the informal sectors. They’re at the most risk because they’re not earning anything because of the community quarantine.
For this, the agency will work to distribute amelioration cards to prepare. The distribution of the cash assistance from DSWD will be based on the amelioration cards that they’ll be distributing to Local Government Units (LGUs).
The cash aid, as mentioned, will be given to the most vulnerable sectors of the society. This means that people who are the most susceptible would be assisted first; these include:
- Pregnant Mothers
- Homeless People
- Informal Sector Workers
- Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)
- Senior Citizens
- Solo Parent
- Public Transportation Workers
- Underpriviledge Sector
- Home Workers
- Sari-sari Store Operator
- Sub-contracted workers
- Sub-minimum wage earners
- Employees affected by no work no pay
With the amelioration card, everything would be regulated. The DSWD also mentioned that each head of the family should fill out the card. The card would contain details of the household including the number of people in the household, average income, and occupation.
The beneficiaries, on the other hand, might be asked and required to provide proof of status like:
- PWD ID
- Senior Citizen ID
- Barangay Certification for Homeless Persons
Distribution of the Amelioration Cards
According to Dumalo, these cards will be the sign that a family would be provided the cash assistance from DSWD. They’l be distributing it to LGUs and from the LGUs, it’s going to be distributed to the barangay levels.
Itong social amelioration card will be the basis of the government in providing the necessary assistance. This will also serve as proof that a beneficiary has received the cash aid from the LGU once released.”
In Translation: This social amelioration card will be the basis of the government in providing the necessary assistance. This’ll also serve as proof that a beneficiary has received the cash aid from the LGU once it’s released.
What Should the People Do?
There wouldn’t be an application process where families would be lining up just to get cards. As per Dumalo, in order for families to be given the DSWD cash assistance, they should get in contact with their local government or their barangay.
As of this very moment, Dumalo said that they’re in the process of coordinating with certain LGUs on how they’ll go about the distribution of cards. This is about the schedule on when the submission of the list of beneficiaries will be as well as the distribution of the amelioration card and the cash aid.
Furthermore, the DSWD also said that they have plans on giving relief goods in the form of food packs to families that have been affected by the crisis we are now facing with the COVID-19. This, again, will be in coordination through the different LGUs.
The cash assistance from the DSWD is just one of the many efforts that the country is giving to us. They’re doing this for us to survive this massive outbreak, and for the daily routines to continue again soon.
What do you think about the cash aid? Could the cash assistance from DSWD be effective in helping people especially those who have been severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Can this 2-month support be enough for families?
For now, more and more government agencies are beginning and are conspiring to help the public. Hopefully, there’ll be enough help so that each and every family in our country survives.
Source/s: CNN Philippines