The Department of the Social Welfare and Development 12 is set to release the list of beneficiaries of the Duterte’s administration’s UCT – Unconditional Cash Transfer program after the agency administer actual validation.

Recently, President Duterte signed the RA 10963 or known as TRAIN – Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law that comprise the provision of cash transfer or subsidy to poor households that may be affected by the said law.

The DSWD 12 is currently preparing to validate 432,475 poor households which will be selected from the Listahanan or National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

DSWD 12 regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha announced Monday during the flag raising ceremony that the National Household Targeting Unit of the region will lead the validation of poor households and hiring of field staff for the UCT – Unconditional Cash Transfer in region 12 including ARMM-Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.

“There will be 197,149 poor households for SOCCSKSARGEN: North Cotabato – 75,315 HHs, Cotabato City – 8,066 HHs, Sarangani – 27,253 HHs, Sultan Kudarat – 43,932 HHs, and including the ARMM-LaMa with 235,326 poor households: Lanao del Sur – 121,654 HHs and Maguindanao – 113,672 HHs,” Dir. Taha said.

In addition, “a total of 1,441 validators, 125 administrative assistants, and 72 encoders will be hired to compliment the workforce of the region,” according to PPD Chief Sohra P. Guialel.

She said they shall be deployed in different areas to do a house-to-house validation of the potential UCT beneficiaries including targets in the provinces of ARMM-Lanao del Sur and Maguidanao.

OIC Emmanuel A. Leyco said in a presscon at DSWD Central Office explained that the DSWD will implement the UCT scheme for three years as stipulated in the TRAIN. It will release P2,400 (P200 per month) in 2018 and a total of P3,600 (P300 per month) in 2019 and in 2020. A total of P24 billion has been earmarked for UCT implementation for this year’s budget.  ###