Abra, Philippines – 6,906 Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) beneficiaries in Abra shall now experience a safer and faster way of getting their cash grants as the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) starts distribution of cash cards on Saturday, June 12, 2021 in Langiden Municipality.
The use of cash cards as a scheme in releasing the grants of the recipients is a move of the DSWD to observe the ‘no mass gathering’ health protocol.
Using their cash cards, 325 senior citizens who are UCT beneficiaries in Langiden registered in 2018 will be acquiring their stipend amounting to P3, 600.00 at LBP beginning tomorrow, June 15, 2021.
“Aggatad iti P2,400 ti UCT idi 2018, idinto a P3, 600 met ti awatenda iti 2019 ken 2020. Daytoy ket kalaksidan pay iti P500 a pension da iti binulan,” the Provincial Information Office of Abra reports.
Schedule for other municipalities in getting their cash cards shall be announced by SWAD-Abra in a later date.
As recalled, 44,674 UCT beneficiaries in the region underwent validation process for the use of cash cards to include those 6,906 beneficiaries in Abra, 5,049 from Apayao, 12,221 from Benguet, 7,152 from Ifugao, 7,750 from Kalinga, and 5,596 from Mountain Province.
Validation process involves the taking of pictures, valid identification card, and birth certificate of the beneficiaries.
The UCT program, under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law is a three-year program that started in 2018 benefiting households of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Social Pension Program beneficiaries pursuant to Republic Act No. 7432, otherwise known as the Senior Citizens Act, as amended by Republic Act Nos. 9257 and 9994.
Also, other recipients are poor households identified in the database of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) which is under the first to seventh deciles, ranked according to predicted income.