The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the Financial Service Providers (FSPs) started paying the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to Local Government Units (LGUs) that have areas which are not categorized as geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA).

DSWD-7 staff verifies SAP beneficiaries in the town of Daanbantayan, Cebu before proceeding to M Lhuillier to claim his emergency cash subsidy.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)-regulated financial institutions authorized to offer transaction accounts for SAP in Central Visayas region are Starpay, RCBC, PayMaya and Unionbank.

The FSPs have been identified through the technical assistance of the BSP having the expertise on digitization as well as enabling policies and regulatory environment for financial inclusion and digital payments.

The municipalities of Madridejos and Carmen in the province of Cebu were the first to receive the emergency cash subsidy under SAP through digital payment conducted by RCBC with its cash-out partner center, the Gemmary Pawnshop. As of August 6, 2020, they were able to pay 2,213 families in Madridejos and 2,434 families in Carmen for the second tranche.

Another FSP, the Starpay, is currently conducting the payout with its cash-out partners M Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshop and Gemmary Pawnshop in the towns of Santa Fe, Borbon, Daanbantayan, Tudela and San Remigio.

For SAP beneficiaries in Cebu City, the FSP partner PayMaya, encourages to download the PayMaya app through the link and register the mobile number that was indicated in their Social Amelioration Card (SAC).

After the online registration, SAP beneficiaries should click the DSWD banner in the home screen and answer the DSWD Verification form. The information should be the same with the information indicated in the SAC of the beneficiary. The beneficiaries will receive a confirmation SMS on the SAP grant voucher in PayMaya.

The cash aid can be used to pay electric bills, to buy mobile load or to pay items in the grocery. They can claim the cash through identified Smart Padala agents. ###

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