Beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will expect faster release for the second tranche of their cash subsidies.
The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) will be working with six (6) financial service providers (FSP) to administer the electronic payment and distribution of emergency subsidies to entitled SAP beneficiaries.
The move is a result of a memorandum of agreement signed on June 30, 2020 at the DSWD Central Office in Batasan, Quezon City by DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista and LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo and representatives of the six FSPs – G-Xchange, Inc. Vice President for Enterprise Business Group Jose Luis G. Reyes; PayMaya Philippines Inc. CEO Orlando B. Vea; Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation President and CEO Eugene S. Acevedo; Robinsons Bank Corporation President and CEO Elfren Antonio S. Sarte; Starpay Corporation President Lamberto Scarella; and Union Bank of the Philippines President and CEO Edwin R. Bautista.
The signing was witnessed by officials from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Under the signed “Multilateral Agreement for the Electronic Payment of SAP Subsidies,” LANDBANK will facilitate and execute the crediting of the emergency subsidy of the beneficiaries into their respective nominated account in other financial institutions via electronic fund transfer using PESONet and Instapay based on instruction and payroll documents provided by DSWD within 24 hours.
LANDBANK will also credit the program fund in the FSP’s funding accounts maintained with the LANDBANK Batasan Branch or in other financial institution based on the instruction and payroll documents provided by DWSD within 24 hours from receipt of payroll documents.
“Our partnership marks a significant step towards facilitating the immediate, efficient, and secure delivery of emergency subsidy to disadvantaged individuals, families, and communities who are struggling with the challenges posed by COVID-19. We are confident that with six financial service providers on board for SAP 2, our efforts will be multiplied, resulting to a faster and more efficient delivery of much-needed subsidy to the beneficiaries,” LANDBANK President and CEO Borromeo said in her message.
The qualified beneficiaries for SAP 2 are the family-beneficiaries of the first tranche that are still under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) per Executive Order No. 112, series of 2020, and a Memorandum from the Office of the Executive Secretary dated May 2, 2020. These include the National Capital Region (NCR); Region III, except Aurora; Region IV-A; Benguet; Pangasinan; Iloilo; Cebu Province; Bacolod; Davao City; Albay Province; and Zamboanga City.
On June 11, 2020, LANDBANK already completed the payout for the second wave of cash assistance worth P6.74 billion to the LANDBANK Cash Cards of 1.3 million Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries under SAP 2.