About 600,000 out of the 10 million beneficiaries of the government’s Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program have yet to receive their UCT for 2018, said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Friday, Jan. 11.
DSWD Spokesperson Asec. Glendo Relova confirmed that about 9.4 million beneficiaries obtained the UCT as of December 31, 2018.
According to Relova, some beneficiaries did not receive their UCT due to lack of banks in their areas.
The DSWD official said that they are still looking for a cooperation, or a cooperative that can serve as a conduit for the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) to grant the UCT to the remaining beneficiaries.
“Ang pag-kuha ng conduit ay isang proseso na ginagawa ng Landbank. So nag-bibid sila. Iyon ay outside the DSWD, it is a process within the Landbank,” Relova said during DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan.
“Paminsan, nagfafail yung bidding kaya hindi talaga makakuha, at very few rin lang yung sumasali,” explained Relova, who assured that the UCT for the remaining 600,000 beneficiaries has already been deposited to the Landbank.
For 2018, the 10 million beneficiaries of the UCT program, which is spearheaded by the DSWD, were promised to receive Php 2,400. While in 2019 and 2020, the beneficiaries will receive Php 3,600 for both years.