Malacañang said that 71 percent of Filipinos saying they have received cash aid from several government programs only means that the Duterte administration did its best to help the public get by during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr.(CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed that 7 of 10 families received cash aid from the government since the start of the pandemic.

“[This] proves that government help has reached and has been felt by a great number of our people,” Roque wrote in his statement Wednesday evening.

“This is indeed a fulfillment of President Duterte’s vow to make up for the loss of economic opportunities when quarantine measures were imposed,” he added.

According to Roque, the country’s most vulnerable sectors and those severely affected by the lockdown have received financial assistance from the following government programs:

* Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD’s) Social Amelioration Program (SAP)
* Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE’s) Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP)
* DOLE’s Tulong Panghanap-buhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD)
* DOLE’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP)

The cited national mobile phone survey was conducted from September 17 to 20. A total of 1,249 adults were polled.

The SWS survey showed that 67 percent of those who received the subsidy got aid from the government once, and 29 percent, twice.

The remaining 2 percent received it thrice, 1 percent received it 4 times, and 0.21 percent received it 5 times.

The survey results furthered that the beneficiaries received an average of P7,531 or P943 above the average total of P6,588.17 received by families in July, 2020.

In his monthly report to Congress for the implementation of the Bayanihan To Recover As One (Bayanihan 2) Act this month, President Duterte wrote that the DSWD was already in the process of preparing special guidelines to further its COVID-19 response and recovery interventions.

He added that the DSWD has consulted the Joint Oversight Committee of Congress to ensure the alignment of the provision of social amelioration measures. 

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