The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 7 Central Visayas joins the nationwide simultaneous launch and payout of the Ayuda para sa Kapos Ang kita Program, or AKAP, on May 18, 2024.

A beneficiary from Lapu-Lapu City happily receiving the cash aid during the payout.

The newly launched program by the government aims to protect low-income earners from inflation that severely affects their buying power amidst the price increases of different commodities. The Php 3,000 cash aid will help supplement their daily needs.

Individuals in the low-income category whose income does not exceed the statutory minimum wage set by DOLE’s Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) are the beneficiaries of AKAP, which includes seasonal workers, tricycle and jeepney drivers, laborers, household helpers, street and market vendors, fishermen, and farmers, among others.

Of the 11,140 individuals targeted to receive the cash assistance in Central Visayas, only 7,548 (68%) received the cash aid during the simultaneous payouts in the following sites: Argao, Badian, Barili, Bogo City, Cebu City North, Cebu City South, Compostela, Cordova, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, and Talisay City (Cebu); Balilihan, Garcia Hernandez, and Tagbilaran City (Bohol); Dumaguete City and La Libertad (Negros Oriental); and Siquijor (Siquijor).

Regional Director Shalaine Marie S. Lucero said that AKAP is a targeted social assistance program for individuals not receiving regular assistance from the government. “4Ps households and Social Pension beneficiaries are not included because of the regular grants and stipends they receive from DSWD. However, if they need help, they can avail of other assistance, such as Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations,” she added.

Total assistance released during the simultaneous payouts reached Php 22.64 million.

AKAP

In a video message, Secretary Rex Gatchalian highlighted the role of DSWD in this initiative. “Ang aktibidad na ito ay nagpapakita sa pagsisikap ng ating pamahalaan na kayang umabot ng tulong sa bawat Pilipino ano man ang kanyang estado sa buhay (This program shows the efforts of our government in reaching out to and helping every Filipino regardless of their economic status),” he said.

According to the Secretary, AKAP aims to aid minimum-wage earners through various assistance depending on the individual’s needs. It has two modalities: 1) avail of food, medical, funeral, and cash relief assistance through AICS at the Crisis Intervention Section, Social Welfare and Development Offices, and Satellite Offices of DSWD 7, and 2) the provision of rice subsidies at the local government units.

To avail of any assistance, eligible individuals may show any of the following documents issued within three months: employment contract, Certificate of Employment showing a monthly salary or pay slip, an income tax return, and any other document showing the income under the minimum wage. ###

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