The number of families that will receive the second tranche of subsidy for poor households went down to 14.1 million, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said.
DSWD Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje said the number of target beneficiaries was trimmed down due to duplicate and unqualified beneficiaries and the low number of waitlisted families submitted by local government units.
Paje explained, “From the target of 17 million, we will remove the duplicates, those who are not qualified and those who have voluntarily returned what they received.”
Around 676,000 were duplicates, 240,000 were ineligible and 59,000 voluntarily returned the cash aid.
Meanwhile, LGUs only submitted 3.2 million waitlisted names even though there were five million slots allotted for those who were not included in the first tranche. LGUs will have to return the amount they released to unqualified beneficiaries.