The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) together with the local government units (LGUs) will help in handling the financial aid which is worth ₱23 billion to about 22.9 million beneficiaries in areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine.
DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao said for transparency, the DSWD will set up a grievance mechanism while Budget and Management Secretary Wendel Avisado said the fund will go directly to LGUs.
DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista vowed to do their part in the relief assistance.
“On our side, we will also set up grievance mechanism, although sa level siguro ng (at the level of) LGU, they should also have a grievance mechanism so magkakaron po tayo ng (we will have) check and balance. 'Pag ang grievance ay umabot po sa amin (Once we receive the grievance), then we will immediately coordinate with the DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) and at the same time, with the local chief executives,” he said.
Under Republic Act No. 11469 (Bayanihan to Heal as One Act) and the succeeding Bayanihan 2 which was both implemented in 2020, the identification of the beneficiaries and the distribution of the Social Amelioration Program for the poor was tasked to be handled by the DSWD.
This time, President Rodrigo Duterte tasked the DSWD to “do the counterchecking after the distribution".
Dumlao said there are still ongoing payouts from the Bayanihan 2 fund.
Source: Philippine News Agency (PNA)