DSWD to distribute cards to LGUs for distribution of COVID-19 cash aid

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development will be distributing social amelioration cards in preparation for the distribution of cash assistance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cash aid between P5,000 to P8,000 will be given to vulnerable sectors of society such as persons with disabilities, senior citizens, pregnant mothers, homeless persons and workers in informal sectors, the DSWD said.

This move is in accordance with the newly signed law, Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which seeks to address the threats and impact of COVID-19 in the country.

Those who want to avail of the financial aid must fill out and submit the social amelioration card to be included in the local government's list of beneficiaries, the DSWD said.

According to the department, the card records the family profile and is supposed to be filled out by the head of the family. It contains details such as the number of individuals in the household, his or her occupation and average income.

Beneficiaries may be asked to show proof of status, such as senior citizen’s ID for senior citizens, or barangay certification for homeless persons, DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao said.

She said the DSWD will be giving out the cards to local government units, which in turn will distribute them to the barangay levels.

“Itong social amelioration card will be the basis of the government in providing the necessary assistance,” Dumlao said. She added that it will also serve as proof that a beneficiary has received the cash aid from the LGU once released.

While Dumlao said she doesn’t want to call this an “application process” to secure cash assistance, she noted that it is important that people still coordinate with local officials to make sure they get help.

The spokesperson said the DSWD is still coordinating with LGUs on the schedule of submission of the list of beneficiaries and the distribution of cash aid. The DSWD will also give away food packs for families affected by the COVID-19 crisis, which will be coursed through LGUs.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Xianne Arcangel contributed to this report.