Wednesday, April 18, 2018

4PS BENEFICIARIES TO RECEIVE CASH GRANTS THIS APRIL AFTER A MONTH-LONG DELAY



LEGAZPI CITY (Apr 18) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol clarified that the delay of release of cash assistance to 4Ps beneficiaries in the Region was due to the seven-day extension requested by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to download the funds to its partner conduits that are responsible to directly release the cash grants to the beneficiaries. This was disclosed by DSWD 4Ps Information Officer Glorei Lindio in an interview with DZGB News Wednesday.

The pay-out which was supposed to start last April 17 will be rescheduled on April 24. The cash assistance that will be received by the beneficiaries on the said re-scheduled date covers the month of January 2018 along with the education grants which includes P500 for children in High School or P300 for children in elementary, health assistance amounting to P500.00, rice subsidy amounting to P600.00. Also, it includes the assistance for the Unconditional Cash Transfer Program (UCT) amounting to P2,400 (200.00 per month) for the whole year (January – December 2018).
  
In an earlier interview this month, DSWD Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia said that the agency is saddened about the delay of pay-out. “We understand the clamor of beneficiaries for not receiving their cash assistance on time. At this point, we ask for the patience of our beneficiaries and we ensure that the cash assistance meant for them will be received by the beneficiaries themselves.”

Lindio also added that, the cash assistance for the month of December 2017 is set to be included in July 2018 pay-out which includes the cash assistance for the months of April – May 2018.

For the cash assistance for Months of February to May 2018, it will be released in accordance to its scheduled pay-out but can be subject to change upon advisory of DSWD Central Office. (Mar de la Cruz/GLindio-IO-4Ps)

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