February 9, 2023

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Cordillera has resumed the validation of Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Listahanan beneficiaries in the region in preparation for the release of cash grants through cash cards.

The validation, which began last quarter of 2020, has verified 32,600 UCT Listahanan beneficiaries out of the total 44,674 target beneficiaries. The remaining 12,074 beneficiaries are expected to be validated before April 30.

 There are 6,906 beneficiaries in Abra; 5,049 for Apayao; 12,221 for Benguet; 7,152 for Ifugao; 7,750 for Kalinga; and 5,596 for Mountain Province.

The DSWD hired validators assigned around the region to undertake the validation process, which includes the taking of pictures, valid identification card, and birth certificate of the beneficiaries. 

The shift from the over-the-counter payout scheme to the use of cash cards as mode of release is the DSWD’s response to the ongoing implementation of health protocols which disallows mass gathering.

Cash cards will also be used to release grants of UCT Social Pension beneficiaries.

Cash grants for UCT Listahanan and Social Pension beneficiaries are expected to be released before the end of the first semester of this year. 

The UCT is the government’s three-year program mandated under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or Train Law, which directs the provision of cash assistance worth P200 per month for 2018, and P300 per month for 2019 and 2020 to selected beneficiaries.

The list of beneficiaries came from the 2015 National Household Targeting System list of poor and near poor. 

For inquiries, contact Regional Field Coordinator Brenden Kim J. Quintos via 0921-281-3155 or e-mail at [email protected] – Press release