800 UCT beneficiaries in Koronadal receive payment cards

PAYMENT CARD DISTRIBUTION. Recipients of Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) in Koronadal town receive their payment card from Department of Social Welfare and Development – Region 12 (DSWD-12) on Saturday, March 5, 2022. Restituto Macuto, Director of DSWD- 12, said the payment card can be used by recipients from March 10, 2022. (Photo provided by DSWD-12)

CITY OF KORONADAL – Beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program here can withdraw their cash grant from March 10 using their payment cards, a regional social protection official said on Tuesday.

In a statement, Restituto Macuto, director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Soccsksargen (DSWD-12), said this was based on a directive from the Land Bank of the Philippines.

Over the weekend, Macuto said DSWD-12 led the initial distribution of cash cards to 835 UCT recipients at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center.

“Each beneficiary has a refundable amount of PHP 3,600,” Macuto said.

Sohra Guialel, Head of DSWD-12’s Policy and Plans Division, said they have yet to issue payment cards to other UCT beneficiaries in the area.

“UCT members who have not yet received their payment cards will simply await the announcement from their respective local government units,” Guialel said.

The UCT program aims to provide cash assistance to poor households to help them cope with the effect of the 2018 TRAIN Act on Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion.

This is the largest tax reform mitigation program provided by law.

Each UCT beneficiary will receive PHP 200 per month in the first year and PHP 300 per month in subsequent years.

The Soccsksargen region has at least 146,000 UCT beneficiary households. (NAP)

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