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DSWD provides update on the UCT top-up crediting

In continuation of the implementation of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released its latest data regarding the payout via top-up crediting of UCT beneficiaries with cash cards.

The UCT is a one-time cash subsidy provided to qualified poor households and individuals to help them cope with the adverse economic impact of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

The DSWD explained that with the ongoing pandemic, distribution of the UCT grants shifted from over the counter payment to cash card mode of payment.

Based on the report from the UCT-National Program Management Office (NPMO), more than P1.65 billion have been distributed to 458,567 UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries from Regions II, VIII, IX, X, and CARAGA through their cash cards.

Likewise, 596,819 UCT-Social Pension beneficiaries from Regions CAR, CARAGA, II, III, IX, and NCR have also received their UCT grants last month via top-up cash card crediting amounting to more than P2.14 billion.

Beneficiaries in the said regions already have their cash cards.

Meanwhile, an additional 300,912 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries with cash cards were able to receive their UCT grants amounting to P1.08 billion. These are on top of 3,923,602 4Ps beneficiaries who earlier claimed their UCT grants last December 2020.  

The Department will continue to ensure the provision of social welfare programs to assist vulnerable sectors during this time of the pandemic. ###

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DSWD encourages beneficiaries to get COVID-19 vaccines

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista encouraged beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the Social Pension, and other services of the Department to take advantage of the government’s vaccination efforts against the COVID-19.

The DSWD chief said that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe as these have been approved by experts globally and locally.

Given free, the Secretary also stated that getting vaccinated is the best protection to safeguard themselves and their families from contracting the coronavirus.

Secretary Bautista added that the DSWD continues to coordinate with and assist the Department of Health in cascading the necessary and relevant information regarding the vaccination program of the government. Through this effort, the program beneficiaries are provided with the right information to guide them in arriving at their informed decisions about the vaccination. The DSWD program beneficiaries are categorized under A5 priority  in the government’s vaccination list.

The Secretary further encouraged the program beneficiaries to coordinate with their local health providers for their questions about the vaccination program.

He also reminded them to always observe minimum health protocols such as wearing their face masks and face shields; sanitizing their hands; and, practicing social distancing from other people.

The DSWD is one with the rest of the bureaucracy in the goal of mass vaccination for population protection. ###

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