DSWD, DILG ‘ready’ for Bayanihan 3 dole outs

Credit to Author: Currie Cator| Date: Tue, 04 May 2021 06:06:54 +0000

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday assured that they were “prepared” for the third tranche of the social amelioration program (SAP) under the proposed Bayanihan 3.

This comes after AKO Bicol Party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin, Jr. appealed to the agencies to start drafting policies and mechanisms “as early as now” to ensure “swift” distribution of funds. The lawmaker pointed out that implementation was a major problem in the previous dole outs.

Irene Dumlao, DSWD spokesman, said in a text message that the agency was “ready to implement the social welfare development services contained in the law that will be passed.”

“We will ensure necessary coordination with concerned agencies and stakeholders,” she added.

Garbin had said the DSWD should work on the list of beneficiaries and coordinate with local government units (LGUs) “in the most expeditious way.”

Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, spokesman of the DILG, meanwhile, pointed out that the department has a system in place to ensure the “swift” distribution of cash assistance.

“In fact, the ayuda (aid) currently being distributed is [75 percent] complete — and will be completed well before the May 15 deadline,” he told The Manila Times.

“So we are prepared to distribute the funds if Congress [would] approve it. We will just need the details of the new round of financial assistance,” he said.

The Bayanihan to Arise As One Act or the Bayanihan 3, co-authored by Garbin, is still pending deliberations at the House of Representatives.

Among Garbin’s suggestions was for the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to allow downloading funds directly to villages (barangay), so long as there would be “accountability.”

“However, if the DBM can find ways to download funds directly to beneficiaries, that would be better. We simply want [the] best and fastest way for the funds to get to beneficiaries,” he said.

On Monday, the House Committee on Ways and Means approved Sections 34 and 35 of the ₱405.6-billion Bayanihan 3. The Committees on Economic Affairs and Services also jointly approved the substitute bill to six measures.

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