DSWD sets release of UCT cash grants for 4,373 beneficiaries

UCT grant beneficiaries are classified into social pensioners, 4Ps, and LIPF (File photo)

A total of 4,373 beneficiaries in Puerto Princesa will receive one-time cash grants of P2,400 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development’ (DSWD) Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) payout for the Listahanan Identified Poor Filipinos (LIPF).

Ernie Jarabejo, DSWD regional field coordinator, said the UCT payout will be released on October 13 at the New City Hall for LIPF beneficiaries.

“Separate ito sa bilang ng mga Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) sa social pensioner. Ito ay mga first-timer. Dito sa Puerto Princesa, merong 4,373 beneficiaries ang ini-expect natin na mabayaran,” Jarabejo said.

He said the first-time beneficiaries of the LIPF who will receive the UCT cash grants were identified by the Department of Finance (DOF) from the names the DSWD provided based on the 2015 Listahanan assessment.

Those who will receive the UCT payouts have already been notified about the October 5 to 10 cash card registrations.

Compliance of their other needed requirements is scheduled for October 11 and 12.

Jarabejo also said the registration for cash cards will be divided into eight clusters based on their geographical locations in Puerto Princesa.

There will be registrations for beneficiaries in Puerto Princesa central, northern, northeast, northwest, southern, southwest, southeast and the Cabayugan area.

“Ang purpose ng registration ay pagre-register ng cash cards sa Land Bank [of the Philippines] tapos sa pagbibigay nila ng requirements na kailangan para mabayaran sila during payout,” he added.

UCT grant beneficiaries are classified into social pensioners, 4Ps, and LIPF, he said

In the whole MIMAROPA region, he said there are 71,000 LIPF of which 28,398 are from Palawan.

The payout for LIPF in Brooke’s Point has been scheduled on the last week of October for around 3,000 beneficiaries.

He said beneficiaries in other municipalities will also receive their UCT payouts before the end of the year.

Jarabejo said the P2,400 will eventually increase to P3,600 in the second quarter of 2019 because of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

He added the possibility of including the 6th to 7th decile on the additional beneficiaries in 2019.

These categorized individuals are those skilled workers, and professionals who are hired under job orders with an income of P22,000 monthly or P21,000 below, he pointed out.

The UCT cash grants are the financial assistance of the national government to poor and near-poor Filipinos due to the effect of the TRAIN law that caused higher inflation rates, taxes, and prices of commodities which is expected to last until 2020.

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