Less educated Filipinos got less cash aid from gov’t – SWS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 28) — Seven in 10 Filipinos received cash aid from the government amid the coronavirus crisis but the amounts vary, with the less educated getting less, according to results of a nationwide survey.

The non-commissioned poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations early this month showed 72 percent of Filipinos saying their families got cash assistance from the government, with each family getting an average of ₱6,588.

However, the SWS noted that the amount received by households differed, with families of non-elementary graduates getting only ₱5,516 on average, while families of more educated respondents were given from ₱6,307 to ₱7,107.

Across locations, residents of Metro Manila received the highest average amount at ₱8,354, followed by Luzon at ₱6,701, the Visayas at ₱5,988, and Mindanao at ₱5,441.

A total of 1,555 respondents were interviewed for the survey via phone and most of them, or 69 percent, said they got the cash aid from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and its Social Amelioration Program.

Under SAP and in line with the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, low-income families are entitled to ₱5,000 to ₱8,000 once a month for two months. The second wave has not been completed. Only half or 6.5 million beneficiaries have received the money so far, with the government targeting to help all 12 million families by July 31.

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Meanwhile, 14 percent of the respondents said they got cash aid from their respective local government units, while 11 percent were beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, which is also implemented by DSWD.

Other government offices reported to be sources of cash aid are the Social Security System, the Department of Labor and Employment, and the Department of Agriculture.

Millions of jobs were lost following strict stay-at-home rules which paralyzed the local economy and forced businesses to go dark in March and April. More industries were allowed to resume operations in late May, but experts say bringing back the jobs could take at least two years.