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DSWD's Gatchalian: Cash aid payout will be by appointment

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rex Gatchalian said Saturday the distribution of the agency’s cash aid program to beneficiaries will be through a QR code-based appointment system in a bid to avoid crushing queuing for beneficiaries.

Interviewed on Dobol B TV, Gatchalian said, “Starting tomorrow... lahat by appointment.”

“Kung 700 'yung kaya naman i-process. Ibibigay namin ang QR stubs for 700. Kapag naubos 'yung 700 at may nakapila pa, we'll do another 700 for the following day,” the DSWD chief said.

The Cabinet official said that the agency is avoiding instances where one person will fall-in line to get an appointment stub then sell it to another.

“Kapag pumila, sisiguraduhin dapat may dokumento at ID dahil sila lang ang mabibigyan ng QR code,” Gatchalian said.

To implement the appointment system, he said, the agency will open more payout outlets in Metro Manila “in 45 to 60 days.”

“Maglalagay tayo ng [payout outlet] for CAMANAVA, sa Monumento. Maglalagay tayo sa Pasig or Marikina para sa east. Maglalagay tayo sa Taguig para sa south. Magdadagdag pa tayo ng isang opening sa SM North. Maglalagay din tayo sa San Jose del Monte [Bulacan],” he said.

“Kaya kami magbubukas ng payout outlets, in the future, magkakaroon na tayo ng territorial na approach. Kapag taga-CAMANAVA, 'wag na sila magpunta sa malayo, doon na sila sa Monumento [na payout outlet]. Kung ano ang address mo, doon ka na magpunta,” he added. —LBG, GMA Integrated News