KORONADAL CITY – Senior officials of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Monday validation continue for possible beneficiaries under Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program in Central Mindanao and parts of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Sohra Guialel, police and plans division chief, said workers were deployed all over Region 12, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur to conduct the validation of poor residents under the agency’s National Household Targeting System.

A worker conducts validation for possible beneficiaries under UCT in the town of Madamba in Lanao del Sur. (DSWD Photo by Goldie Hahanie Ali)

According to Guialel, about 657 employees in Region 12 were fielded to do the validation process while 764 in ARMM.

“So far we have validated 15. 20 percent or 28, 931 for Region 12 while 33,000 or 14 percent in the provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur,” she said.

Guialel said the Central Office directed them to ensure that those who will benefit from the UCT are poor but not beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Social Pensioners.

Arthur John Gabucan, region’s planning officer 3, said at least 223,239 households are possible UCT beneficiaries while around 191, 243 in Region 12.

Earlier, DSWD OIC Emmanuel Leyco, said said that DSWD will continue to uphold efficiency, transparency and compassion in the delivery of its programs and services — now including the UCT — and to be true to its mandate to provide maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo and serbisyong walang puwang sa katiwalian.

“We are committed to serving the Filipino people the best way that we can,” he said.

The UCT program aims to help the country’s poorest families cope from the effects of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law.

This year, each beneficiary will receive P200 per month while in 2019 and 2020, the subsidy will increase to P300 monthly. Nationwide, the 10 million beneficiaries of UCT comprise the following: 4.4 million are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya, three million are indigent older persons under the Department’s Social Pension Program while 2.6 million are from the Listahanan poverty database. (DSWD/JBM)