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7 months ago | Nation | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said some 400,000 poor families have yet to receive cash aid from the government to help them get by during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DSWD Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje said Some of the recipients have yet to provide all the information needed for the pay-outs, delaying the process.

So far, the DSWD said it has distributed over P82 billion in funds to 13.7 million families.

The government in April rolled out the social amelioration program to provide financial aid to poor families as parts of the country were placed under lockdown, halting economic activity.

Under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which expired in June, each beneficiary is entitled to cash aid ranging from P5,000 to P8,000 twice, supposedly for the months of April and May, based on minimum wage rates in the region.

The program was meant to help some 23 million poor families cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

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