The Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon and other parts of the country has left many Filipinos jobless for the time being. This also means that these families do not have any source of income for their basic needs.

In order to address this pressing issue, the government has allotted Php210 billion budget to support 18 million low-income families nationwide.

Through the social amelioration program under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in cooperation with other departments such as but not limited to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), vulnerable families will receive aid both in cash and in kind amounting from Php5,000 to Php8,000 depending on where they live.

READ: How much should you receive from the Social Amelioration Program?

Who are eligible to receive the Social Amelioration Program?

According to Joint Memorandum Circular No.1 , the primary target of the said amelioration program are poor families or those in the informal sector who do not have any means of income during the ECQ, with at least one household member who is part of the following:

1.) Senior Citizens
2.) Persons with Disability
3.) Pregnant and Lactating Women
4.) Solo Parents
5.) Overseas Filipinos Workers who no longer have work because they were repatriated or banned from traveling outside of the Philippines because of COVID-19 crisis
6.) Indigent Indigenous People
7.) Homeless Citizens and Underprivileged Sector are those who live below poverty line or those without a house to live
8.) Informal Economy Workers

  • Occasional Workers (e.g. labandera)
  • Subcontracted Workers (e.g. pakyaw workers)
  • Homeworkers (e.g. workers in family business such as crafts making, food processing, etc.);
  • Househelpers – who are not currently earning or cannot work because of the ECQ (e.g. kasambahay, family driver)
  • Pedicab, UVs, Tricycle, PUJs, Taxi, PUBs, Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) and Transport Network Companies (TNC) drivers (also includes Grab, Angkas, Joyride riders and such)
  • micro-business and Sari-sari Store owners, and other similar business with asset less than Php10,000
  • Small Family Business Owners (e.g. vegetable or fruit vendors, streets vendors, RTW, carinderia, etc.)
  • Sub Minimum Wage Earners  (e.g. helpers in carinderia, sari-sari store)
  • Farm workers and Fisherfolks (e.g. magsasaka, mangingisda etc)
  • “no work, no pay” employees
  • Stranded workers (e.g. construction workers stranded in their respective construction site/s).

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How to avail the Social Amelioration Program?

1.) Social amelioration cards (SAC) will be distributed by the Local Government Unit (LGU) to qualified households. This will be given on a house-to-house setup.

2.) Provide all information asked in the SAC. Make sure to include all details needed.

3.) Submit the SAC to the assigned LGU officer who will go to your house.

4.) DSWD will provide the financial assistance through the LGU.

May the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries avail the Social Amelioration Program?

Yes, beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), may avail the social amelioration program, non-food aids and food packs on top of their benefits in 4Ps.

If you have questions, you may call DSWD hotline number 8-951-2803.



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  1. sabi po nila pag isa ka sa mga naabutan ng lockdown sa ibang lugar, eligible daw po makatanggap ng sap. yung iba po 16k natatanggap kasama una at pangalawang sap. pero ako po ni isa wala pong natanggap :(

  2. sana po may makapansin.

    sa cubao qc po ako naka address originally. since pandemic nalockdown po ako sa project 4 qc. isa rin po ako sa nawalan ng trabaho mula ng mag pandemic and no income po talaga.

    pano po kaya yon? never po kasi ako nakatanggap ng kahit anong ayuda :(

    saan ko po sya aasikasuhin or sino po kaya kakausapin ko :(

  3. hello po sana may makapansin po :(

    sa cubao qc po ako naka address sa lahat ng government id ko po. pero simula nung nag ecq hindi na ako nakauwi so naabutan ako ng lockdown sa mismong project 4 QC.

    tanong ko lang po, paano po kaya ako makakakuha ng SAP. ni isang beses wala po akong natanggap. isa rin po ako sa nawalan ng trabaho magmula nung mag ecq.

    doon po sa tinuluyan kong project 4 qc, nabibigyan po nila yung iba na hindi nakatanggap ng SAP. Pero bakit hindi daw po ako pwede ?

    hindi po ako member ng kahit anong 4ps organization. single mom po

  4. I pray po na mabigyan ako ng ayuda pangbili po ng aming mga pangangailangan pagkain po bigas,ulam,gatas po kasi kambal po anak ko hindi ko po kayang breastfeed silang dalawa kay i claimes ko na mabigyan ako ng ayuda in jesus named.need ko po talaga ng financial pangbawas po sa aming mga bayarin sa utang po salamat po.in JESUS NAMED AMEN.Ma’am and sir kung tatawagan o i text messege ninyo po ako ito po ang aking numero 09094899833 maraming slamat po DSWD i pray na mabigyan po ako at mabasa new po itong comment ko.

  5. I pray po na mabigyan ako ng ayuda pangbili po ng aming mga pangangailangan pagkain po bigas,ulam,gatas po kasi kambal po anak ko hindi ko po kayang breastfeed silang dalawa kay i claimes ko na mabigyan ako ng ayuda in jesus named.need ko po talaga ng financial pangbawas po sa aming mga bayarin sa utang po salamat po.in JESUS NAMED AMEN.

  6. Mapagpalang araw po ako po c veronica belarmino tagpuno..pero po yu g sa sap form po leyte,veronica tagpuno po nakalagay yun po ang nilagay ng nag interview saakin kc kasal na daw po kami hiningean nya po ako ng marrige contract at binigay q po kaya lang po mali yung nilagay nya.eh hindi ko po napansin kaya ayun po mali.ang concern ko po is marami na po nakakuha ng 2nd trance dito saamin bakit po yung saakin eh wala nanganak na lang po ako yung 2nd trance po wla pa tas yung kapitbahay ko po nakakuha.kung sino pa po yung nangangailangan sila pa ang hindi nabibigyan yung iba nakikita ko po sinusugal lng tas yubg iba hindi naman talaga nila kailangan ako po o yung ibang ksma ko kailangan na kailangan po namin ng financial po.unang una po pangbili namin ng pagkainpangbayad po sa kuryente kahit papano po pangbawas lang sya sa bayarin namin bayaran pa po namin ng tubig tas pangbayad ko pa po sa panganganak ko po.kaya sana mga madam..ma’am and sir need ko po ng financial i pray po na mabigyan ako ng 2nd trance now na ito po ang aking numero 09094899833 Veronica Belarmino Leyte pO GLORY TO BE GOD PO ALWAYS

  7. May mga senior citizens na hindi pa nabibigyan ng kanilang pension noong 2018 (kalahati lang), 2019 at ngayong 2020. May pag-asa pa bang maibigay ito? Pinaglalaruan ba ang ilang mga senior citizens? Hindi pinaaalis ng bahay, ano ang kanilang kakainin?

  8. Single parents poh ako may limang anak kapapanganak ko lang poh ng mag bigayan ng unang ayuda kaya hindi ako naka kuha ng saf cmula una hangangang pangalawa yon na nga lang ina asahan ko para may pambili gatas at pag kain ng mga anak ko cmula mag lockdown wala akong trabaho taga san isidro rodriguez rizal poh ako ito number ko 09505850176 sana poh makakuha poh ako para sa mga anak ko