COVID-19 cash aid goes digital to accelerate distribution

Submitted by socpro on Thu, 09/17/2020 - 15:10
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The government launched on Thursday an online cash relief system aimed at speeding up the distribution of financial aid amid the coronavirus crisis.

Low-income families from areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) are expected to receive ₱5,000 to ₱8,000 worth of assistance under the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program. The DSWD is awaiting an executive order before they can craft the final guidelines for the distribution of the subsidy.

The beneficiaries will be able to register using the ReliefAgad app,where they will be asked to choose a mode of payment -- cash,PayMaya,GCash,or through their bank accounts -- and put the necessary details.

Meanwhile,those who do not have mobile phones or access to Internet can go to their respective local government units for manual encoding. DICT Asec. Emmanuel Rey Caintic said the agency has trained personnel to encode beneficiaries' data.

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