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SAP beneficiaries thankful for cash subsidy

Beneficiaries of the emergency cash subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have expressed their gratitude to the government and frontline workers for delivering the aid to them during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marites Ambrea, a resident of Barangay Fortune in Marikina said the cash subsidy was a great help to her family as it provided for their essential needs.

“Malaki ang naitulong nito sa aking pamilya. Ipambibili ko ito ng bigas, gamot, gatas, at bitamina na itinuturing kong pinaka-esensyal ngayong panahon ng ECQ,” Marites said.

Meanwhile, Irene Sabong of Barangay Navotas West, Navotas City said the SAP cash assistance proves that the government is working to extend aid to those affected by the impacts of ECQ.

“Hindi matatapos ang aking pasasalamat sapagkat ito ay hindi lamang pera kundi tulong upang maitawid ang pang araw-araw naming buhay sa gitna ng ECQ na ito,” Irene added.

Annabelle Suyom, a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Manila, is also thankful for the cash aid that her family received as a top-up to their 4Ps grants. 4Ps households are among the target beneficiaries of SAP; the assistance served as a top-up amount added to their regular cash grants and rice allowance.

“Maraming salamat DSWD! Makakaasa po kayo na ang subsidiyang natanggap ng aming pamilya ay gagamitin namin sa dapat talaga nitong paggamitan. Ipambibili po namin ito ng pagkain at  mahahalagang gamot at kagamitan na kakailanganin sa kasagsagan ng pandemyang sakit na COVID-19,” she said.

Beneficiaries also took to social media to express their gratitude for receiving the aid. A netizen named Lorilla Mataganas thanked the government for the SAP and narrated how she used the money as capital for her sari-sari store business.

“Ginawa ko pong puhunan kasi po wala naman kaming ibang aasahan. Kaya pinuhunan ko na lang po. Kahit pa piso-piso lang ang tubo at least hindi po mauubos agad yung binigay ng DSWD na SAP. Maraming salamat po. Gobless,” she shared on Facebook.

Another netizen named Ariel Malaca said the cash assistance was a big help to him, a tricycle driver who lost his income during the ECQ, as well as to his mother. In return, he pledged that they would stay at home.

“Salamat po sa tulong ng gobyerno bilang tricycle driver na una nang naapektuhan ng COVID-19. Malakimg tulong po lalo na sa aking ina na nag-medication. Umasa po kayo na susunod kami sa pag-stay at home,” he remarked.

Netizen Jessie Villanueva thanked President Rodrigo R. Duterte and all those involved in the implementation of SAP, including the local government units (LGUs), for  delivering the cash assistance to families in need, while a netizen named Lyzeth Espinosa lauded the service provided by the Department.

“Salamat po nang taos puso sa serbisyo na ibinibigay ninyo sa aming lahat!” she posted.

Staying true to its mandate of assisting the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged and to its commitment of providing “serbisyong may malasakit,” DSWD continues to deliver the SAP emergency cash subsidy to low-income families assessed to be most affected by the imposition of community quarantine given their existing life situations or circumstances.

DSWD thanked the beneficiaries who have expressed their gratitude for the aid, emphasizing that hearing such help boost the the morale of not just the Department’s frontline workers, but also its partners in the LGUs and fellow national government agencies and inspire them to  continue working, amid the threat of the virus, to deliver the aid to Filipino families in need. ###

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A sparkle of hope in these trying times

Even with his face mask on, Dominador is visibly happy as he gestures a thumbs up after receiving his emergency subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program. 

For people trying to make ends meet, the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine means that the rope got even shorter especially for “no work, no pay” workers like Dominador “Doming” Rindon from the coastal barangay of Tabucolan, Santa, Ilocos Sur.  But knowing that help will surely come to tide them over these trying times,  it is always well worth the wait.

“Thank you ta addakayon (Thanks that you finally arrived).” This was his way of greeting the group from the local government unit (LGU) and from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that conducted the payout of the emergency subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in his barangay. Dominador received P5,500.  

It has been a month since he received his last salary of P400 as a construction worker. His eldest, 19, had to stop schooling to work to help provide for the family. Dominador has four other children, all of whom he raises single-handedly as a solo father.

“Pagbayad ko ti nabulod ko diay dos mil, paggatangmi ti taraon diay tres mil, ken bareng adda mabati a lima gasot a pagtapalko diay atep ti balay mi (I will use the P2,000 to pay for my debt and the P3,000 for our food, and hopefully I can save P500 to fix our damaged roof),” he said when asked how the money he received will be used.  It seemed that he has budgeted his cash assistance long before he received it.  

“Nasakit dagiti ibagbaga ti dadduma nga agdepdependar kami laeng a marigrigat iti gobyerno. Saan nga agpayso deta. Nagaget kami ngem no choice kami ta stay at home konada met (It hurts when others say that poor families are dependent on the government. That is not true. We work hard, but we are left with no choice but to stay home for now),” he added.

To survive the quarantine days, he usually goes fishing so he can provide food on the table. At rare times when the net catches more, he sells some to his neighbors and earns P100. He said that he has been praying hard for the pandemic to finally end so that things would go back to normal, and he could get back to work.

“Saanko a maypeksa iti yamanko ti gobyerno iti panangtultulongda kadagiti pamilya kas kadakami ita a karigat unay ti biag (We can’t thank the government enough for helping families, like us, survive during these trying times),” he added.

Target beneficiaries of the SAP are low-income families or those on subsistence economy or workers in the informal economy, and with members belonging to the vulnerable sector, assessed to be the most affected by the ECQ given their existing life situations or circumstances. The LGUs and the DSWD are working overtime to fast track the payout and assure that the target beneficiaries benefit from the program and receive their subsidy immediately.

As soon as he received the cash aid, Dominador secured the money in his thin wallet and went straight to the nearest sari-sari store with a sparkle of hope that his family will have food on the table in the days ahead. ###

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August 2020