Poor families to receive P500 cash aid on Monday
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Erwin Tulfo said that the P500 cash aid (targeted cash transfer or TCT) will be distributed on Monday, July 4.
Tulfo stated this after he vowed to clean up the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries list. The cash aid aims to extend help to the poorest families to mitigate the effects of oil price hikes, as well as the rise in prices of basic commodities.
Tulfo said that the DSWD aims to cover 12.4 million Filipino beneficiaries under the TCT program, based on the report from The Philippine Star.
The P500 cash aid will be distributed to four million families from the 4Ps; six million non-4Ps who were former beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer Program. The 2.4 million families on the DSWD “Listahanan,” or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, which is the database established by the DSWD to identify the country’s poorest families, will also received the promised “ayuda” from the government.
“This money will help our less fortunate countrymen, especially at a time when the price of basic goods is rising because of the worldwide crisis we are facing,” Secretary Tulfo said.
Former president Rodrigo Duterte issued the directive last May, through the TCT program that aims to provide a P500 monthly cash grant program to poor Filipinos, but the fund for the program was released only last Friday and it is already under the new Marcos administration. The DSWD will implement this program for six months.
Tulfo has an appeal to all the beneficiaries of the P500 cash aid to put the money to good use by buying food and basic necessities. The Social Welfare Secretary also reminded the beneficiaries that using the money for illegal activities like gambling may result in the forfeiture of their grants.
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