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Bedridden Beneficiaries Allegedly Urged to Go to Payout Sites to Claim Their Aid

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte begs the Department of Social Welfare and Development to be considerate to bedridden beneficiaries in claiming cash aid.

Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City has urged the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to show compassion for sick residents who receive financial aid. According to Mayor Belmonte, she learned about people who are unable to go to payout sites for assistance because of their medical condition.

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The DSWD reportedly sends even bedridden people to payout sites to verify their identities. Mayor Belmonte also received reports from some barangays that the DSWD does not accept their barangay ID and requires residents to request a residency certificate.

“After the verification, when our QC Social Services Development Department (SSDD) personnel have finished passing, the DSWD will check again. Sometimes, more documents are required. They are on the list precisely because they received the first tranche of assistance, so why prolong their agony?” Belmonte said.

The distribution of financial assistance was sluggish, according to Mayor Belmonte, since there were only a few DSWD workers at payout sites, and the City Treasurer’s Office and barangay staff were not authorized to assist in the release of cash assistance to speed up the system.

She said that the distribution of assistance to some barangays lasted until late at night, although it lasted until three a.m. in Barangay Bagbag. According to the mayor, the second tranche of social amelioration assistance was distributed in Brgy. Bagbag at 3:00 a.m. earlier this weekend.

Payout in other barangays, such as Gulod, Capri, San Bartolome, and Nagkaisang Nayon, ended late at night or early the next morning. The SAP second tranche distribution for 27,051 waitlisted beneficiaries began this weekend in 82 of the city’s 142 barangays, but with just a few DSWD staff on hand.

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