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More PUV drivers from NCR get emergency subsidy

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LRFRB) continue to work together to provide the emergency cash subsidy under the governmentโ€™s social amelioration program to Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers  to help them sustain their daily needs despite the loss of income during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine.

As of press time, a total of 12,454 PUV drivers from the National Capital Region (NCR) have already received the cash assistance. These include drivers of Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs), taxi, buses, motorcycle taxi, and Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS), among others.

PUV drivers are advised to check the list of beneficiaries uploaded on the LTFRB website to know if they are eligible for the assistance. Those included in the list may claim their cash aid at the nearest branch of Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), which processes a maximum of 500 beneficiaries a day. When claiming the assistance, drivers need to present their license and a photocopy of the same with two signatures.

Drivers not included in the initial lists of beneficiaries are advised to wait for further announcements from LTFRB. They may also contact the regulatory board through LTFRB hotline 1342.

DSWD and LTFRB remind beneficiaries claiming the assistance to follow stringent social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

DSWD, in coordination with other concerned agencies, continues to deliver the emergency cash subsidy provided for under Republic Act (RA) 11469 or the โ€œBayanihan to Heal as One Act,โ€ which amounts to P5,000 to P8,000 to support low-income families or those in the subsistence economy or workers in the informal economy, and with members belonging to the vulnerable sector, who are deemed to be the most affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. ###

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DSWD, in partnership with LGUs, fast tracks distribution of SAP

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already forged some 1,316 Memorandum of Agreement with cities and municipalities, excluding BARMM, and  has initially provided 945 local government units (LGUs) with funds amounting to more than P57 billion, as of April 14. 
This is part of the Departmentโ€™s effort to fast track the distribution of the emergency subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) for low-income families who have been identified as most affected by the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine amid COVID-19. 
Of the amount, P12.4 billion has been allotted for the 17 LGUs in the National Capital Region (NCR). The Department expects an increase in the number of families receiving their emergency subsidies in the coming days as distribution continues. 
The Department thanked the LGUs for their role in facilitating the smooth distribution of the SAP in their respective jurisdictions.       
As of press time, 172,357 low income families nationwide have received their emergency cash assistance ranging from P5,000 to P8,000, computed based on the regional minimum wage rate, utilizing over P 929 million. 
Earlier, on April 3-5, more than 3.7 million household-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) across the country received their emergency cash subsidies in the total amount of P16.3 billion. 
Furthermore, through the partnership of DSWD, Department of Transportation-Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (DOTr-LTFRB), and Land Bank of the Philippines,   around 40,000 families with drivers of Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) and Public Utility Vehicle (PUV)  in the National Capital Region (NCR) have started to receive their subsidies totalling to more than P323 million. 
Aside from SAP, the Department continues to deliver services through its regular programs, such as the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS). 
To date, 13,135 clients with COVID-related concerns were provided with medical/burial assistance  through AICS amounting to more than P61 million. 
Moreover, DSWD continues to provide Family Food Packs (FFPs) as augmentation assistance to LGUs to help them respond to the basic needs of their constituents. The Department has already delivered  386,800 FFPs to LGUs nationwide. 
DSWD vowed to continue to reach out to the neediest sectors of society, despite enormous challenges during these critical times, taking into consideration the health and safety of its beneficiaries and personnel. 
The Department also appealed for cooperation and understanding from the public, at the same time, encouraged   the support and unity of all sectors of society, to ensure the speedy delivery of services to our countrymen who need these the most. ###

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