Bontoc, Mountain Province—Seven hundred fifty-eight elderly from Bontoc received a total amount of P2, 728,800 Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) grants through cash cards on July 13 to 14, 2021.
The one-time subsidy aims to help beneficiaries cope with the disadvantageous economic impact of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law of 2018.
Each recipient gets P3, 600 as their UCT grant for 2020. The beneficiaries were previously provided P2, 400 each in 2018.
To receive their grants, recipients were divided into two batches, the 385 senior citizens from Barangays Dalican, Bayyo, Caneo, Balili, Maligcong, Gonogon, Talubin, Samoki, Alab Proper, and Alab Oriente for the first day and the remaining 373 from Barangays Guina-ang, Mainit, Bontoc Ili, Tocucan, Caluttit, and Poblacion for the second day.
The scheduling was made to comply with the prescribed Covid-19 health and safety protocol.
Officer-in-Charge Aracelli Shane Bayanos of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) said the UCT grantees are indigents and, at the same time, recipients of the Social Pension of Department of Social Welfare and Development - CAR.
However, Bayanos said that not all DSWD pensioners were given the opportunity to receive the grant, explaining that the MSWD office consolidated the applications of those UCT grantees which were later on sent to DSWD-CAR.
Individuals qualified for the three-year program under the TRAIN Law are 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.
This shall also qualify 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.
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