The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to pilot-test its food stamp program entitled “Walang Gutom 2027” this July 2023 aiming to alleviate hunger and poverty among families belonging to the lowest income bracket.
This program has received close to $3 million or ₱6.6 billion from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the program's six-month pilot implementation and would begin the actual implementation in the first quarter of 2024.
The program aims to do the pilot at 3,000 families then 300,000 next year, and another 300,000 right after until it reaches the one million target. The beneficiaries are families who make less than ₱8,000 monthly based on the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) gauge, and will receive ₱3,000 in food credits, which they can use to purchase food from DSWD-accredited local retailers.
The program has a condition which means there will be a work component. Beneficiaries must sign up with the Public Employment Service Office and obtain a certification proving they are employed, regardless of the nature of their employment.
The five pilot sites include the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the geographically isolated regions or provinces, the urban poor settings, the calamity-stricken areas, and the rural poor.
DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian said in a press conference on May 23, “We believe that this program will properly address the gaps and assist its beneficiaries in attaining the recommended food and energy consumption needed for each member to perform their daily tasks and routines that has direct and indirect contribution to human capitalization and a direct positive impact towards nation-building.”
Gatchalian wants the program to be the President’s legacy and hopes that no Filipino is hungry before the president steps out of office.
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