The government is in talks with third-party payment applications to enable the automated transfer of funds to beneficiaries of the government's cash assistance program.
"Tayo ay nakikipag-usap sa third-party payment platforms upang tignan kung paano makapag-transfer ng funds sa paraang safe and efficient," Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista said in a virtual briefing on Tuesday.
According to the Department of Finance (DOF), it has released a total of P200.42 billion to the DSWD as of April 23, covering some 18 million households.
Small business workers qualified to avail of the government's P51-billion wage subsidy program have already been told to avail of their grants through their PayMaya accounts.
For his part, Bautista said the DSWD has already released the funds to the local government units (LGUs), which are in charge of the release to the beneficiaries.
"Ang pondo po ay para sa SAP ay naipamahagi na ng DSWD sa mga lokal na pamahalaan na siya na mang may tungkulin na mangasiwa sa pamamahagi pagsasagawa at pag-encode ng social amelioration card forms at sa mga napapanahong pagbibigay ng ayuda sa kanilang consituents ayon sa kanilang natukoy sa distribution points and studies," he said.
"Ang DSWD, sa pakikipagtulungan sa DILG, AFP, at PNP ay sinisikap na patuloy na pabilisin ang payout upang mabigay ang ayuda ng natitirang benepisaryo on or before April 30," added Bautista, referring to the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police. --KBK, GMA News