Archive | May 14th, 2020

DSWD, LTFRB partner with GCash for distribution of SAP to TNVS, PUV drivers in NCR

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Transportation (DoTr)-Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have partnered with G-Xchange, Inc. (GCash), one of the leading mobile wallet platforms in the Philippines, for the distribution of the emergency subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to families of drivers of transport network vehicle services (TNVS) and public utility vehicle (PUV) in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The partnership aims to facilitate a quicker and safer approach of cash disbursement since the payout scheme promotes cashless and contactless transactions compliant to the health and safety protocols imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

Moreover, by leveraging financial technology for the disbursement of cash aid, the two agencies want to reduce the risk of crowding in disbursement centers like banks, while also improving efficiencies, and promoting transparency and accountability.

TNVS driver-beneficiaries may withdraw their subsidies via GCash from any Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) nationwide or use the funds to pay for physical and online transactions. They may also use GCash to pay bills to over 70,000 merchants and billers, buy airtime load, and easily transfer money to other GCash account owners or bank accounts from over 40 financial institutions nationwide.

Following the directive from the Office of the President to lead the 2nd tranche of SAP payout, the DSWD will continue to explore more efficient and expeditious means to ensure the provision of needed assistance to low-income families assessed to be most affected by the implementation of the community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ###

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DSWD pushes for community-driven development approach for Balik-Probinsya

Following the issuance of Executive Order No. 114 or the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong
Pag-asa” program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has
recommended to adopt the community-driven development (CDD) approach in creating
programs to encourage interested individuals and families to return to their provinces
and support rural development.
 
The CDD approach aims to empower communities by allowing them to carry out their
own development projects through active and direct partaking in local governance by
identifying their community needs as well as taking part in implementing projects that
address these needs.
 
DSWD is also coordinating with other executive agencies in the crafting of sustainable
and comprehensive livelihood opportunities to ensure that those who will return to their
provinces will have sustainable means of income-generating activities. 
 
 DSWD will also provide transitory packages in the form of Family Food Packs (FFPs)
and cash assistance to those who will avail of the program.
 
The Department will continue to call for community-led and citizen-centered
partnerships in all its programs, including the Balik Probinsya Program. ###

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