The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Field Office 9 will start notifying the beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program next week in the Province of Tawi-Tawi.

The National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) for BaSulTa will be conducting an orientation and coordination meeting together with the local government units (LGUs) of the province and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) – Bongao branch next week, February 27.

In addition, 44 notifiers will likewise undergo a training to learn about the process of the notification and registration of the UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries prior to their deployment in the 11 municipalities of Tawi-Tawi.  

“We have a total of 117,478 UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries to be notified and registered in the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. Among these areas, Sulu has the biggest target with 79,206 followed by Basilan with 23,194 eligible beneficiaries,” said Ben Nasser B. Isnain, NHTU head.  

Listahanan field validator interviews a potential beneficiary of UCT Program
in Siasi, Sulu during the conduct of household validation in 2018.

In Tawi-Tawi, out of the 17,106 households validated by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan last year, 15,078 were identified as eligible to receive cash grants from UCT.

Isnain added that among the municipalities in the province, Sitangkai has the most number of target (3,451) while only 93 beneficiaries will come from Turtle Island.

The UCT is a program of the DSWD that aims to mitigate the effects of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law particularly to those who may not benefit from the lower income tax rates but may be adversely affected by rising prices.

It seeks to provide cash grants to poor households and individuals for three consecutive years. During its pilot implementation in 2018, the beneficiaries will receive P2,400 for the year. For 2019 and 2020, the amount shall increase to P3,600 per year.

The UCT is currently implemented nationwide covering all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) households, beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program, and other poor households (with estimated incomes falling below the poverty thresholds)  identified by Listahanan. ###