Social Amelioration Package: Target beneficiaries & its subsidy amount


Roughly 18 million Filipino households will receive the Social Amelioration Package (SAP) as an Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP), amounting to at least Php 5,000 to Php 8,000 per month for two months. SAP can either be cash or non-cash, including basic food, medicine, and toiletries.

To avail, a Social Amelioration Card (SAC) form will be distributed at the Barangay level. Again, the SAC is a tool used to capture a household’s profile and serve as the basis as to who will be the priorities of the SAP.


READ: DSWD provides financial aid to vulnerable sectors amid COVID-19 crisis



The table below shows the subsidy amount for each household in the region of residence, in accordance with the regional minimum wage rates:

Subsidy amount per household /screenshot



As stated in the memorandum, the target beneficiaries of SAP are those families belonging to “either the poor or informal sector which is at risk of not earning a living during the Enhanced Community Quarantine, who may have at least one member belonging to any of the following vulnerable or disadvantage sectors.”

The following are the target beneficiaries with the requirements needed:

Senior Citizens – Senior Citizen’s ID;

Persons With Disability – PWD ID, or Certificate of Separation from or Suspension of Work;

Pregnant Women and Lactating Women – valid ID, Certification from RHU, or Birth Certificate of Child (if available);

Solo Parents – Solo parent’s ID, or Certificate of Employment or Separation from or Suspension of Work;

Overseas Filipinos (OFs) in Distress – OFs are those who were repatriated or banned from traveling outside the Philippines on account of the COVID-19 breakout, starting January 2020 until the lifting of the community quarantine:

  • Valid Passport Bio Page, and copy of any of the following:
  • Passport arrival stamp;
  • Proof of departure ticket;
  • Overseas Employment Certificate;
  • Employment Contract; or
  • Any other documents to prove that they were repatriated or banned from traveling outside the Philippines within the prescribed period;

Underprivileged Sector and Homeless Families, Indigent Indigenous Peoples, And Other Vulnerable Groups – As applicable: Certification from Barangay (proving that they are homeless families or belonging to other vulnerable groups) or from the CSWDO/MSWDO/PSWDO where they are currently located. Certification from the NCIP or the tribal chieftain/council of elders that the beneficiaries are Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and are on subsistence economy;


READ: How to apply for DSWD Social Amelioration Program


Workers in the Informal Sector/Self-Employed – including occasional workers, subcontracted workers, homeworkers, householders, all public utility drivers, micro-entrepreneurs, family enterprise owners, sub-minimum wage earners, Farmers & Fisherfolk, ’No work, no pay’ employees, and stranded workers:

As Applicable:

  • Driver’s License; TODA ID; or Certification of membership from the Organisation/Association; or Certification from the Barangay/Municipality, for TODA only;
  • Employment ID; or Kasambahay ID; or Certificate of Employment/Separation from or Suspension of Work from the employer;
  • Proof of business; Any other document showing employment/occupation/enterprise; or Barangay Clearance;

Employers – establishment report; and company payroll

Rice Farmers – RSBSA Enrolment Stub (for Cash Assistance), Notice of Cash Grant (for Cash Assistance), Loan Application (for SURE Aid), government-issued ID with picture, Duly accomplished simplified Promissory Note (PN);

For Service-Conduit Borrower – Pre-release: Loan Application, List of Eligible Rice Farmers, Board Resolution for financial assistance and designating at least two authorized signatories to execute loan documents with identified GFI, Standard PN, Authority to Debit Deposit Account;
Post-release: Liquidation, report on the loans disbursed prior to next loan availment, Deed of Assignment of Sub-PNs.

“All barangays are hereby mandated to facilitate the issuance of the barangay clearance, free of charge, for the applicable beneficiaries as stated above,” the JMC reads.


To further read about the special guidelines, click here.


With regards to as to when will the distribution of SAP starts, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a virtual press briefing Wednesday to wait for the announcement from your respective LGU.



In today’s virtual presser, Nograles announced that the cash assistance of the 18-million beneficiaries nationwide is now approved.

As mentioned earlier, the amount would vary from Php 5,000 to Php 8,000, depending on the minimum wage per region.

Philippine Information Agency Region 10

Furthermore, Nograles noted that the DSWD, in close coordination with the LGU, will lead the cash assistance distribution.

Philippine Information Agency Region 10


Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 1-2020 or Special Guidelines on the provision of Social Amelioration Measures by the Department of Social Welfare (DSWD), in close coordination with the following government agencies: Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture, Department of Finance, Department of Budget and Management, and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The SAP is an initiative to financially assist the most affected residents of the areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine.

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