By Roy Mabasa
A brand new net utility known as “ReliefAgad” was collectively launched by the US authorities, by means of the US Company for Worldwide Growth (USAID) in partnership with the Division of Social Welfare and Growth (DSWD), to hasten the distribution of monetary help to Filipinos affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
ReliefAgad will enable the DSWD and native authorities items to expedite capturing Social Amelioration Program (SAP) particulars and supply knowledge to expedite the disbursement of cash help by means of digital cost methods utilizing their smartphones.
The SAP iis the federal government’s emergency subsidy program for greater than 20 million Filipino households belonging to the low-income and most-vulnerable sectors, particularly these which can be severely affected by COVID-19.
Its beneficiaries embody senior residents, individuals with disabilities, pregnant girls, single dad and mom, repatriated abroad Filipino staff, indigenous peoples, the homeless, farmers, fisherfolk, and people working underneath the “no work-no pay” preparations.
US Ambassador to Manila Sung Kim reiterated Washington’s dedication to help the Philippines’ response to the COVID-19 well being disaster shortly after the app’s launching on Could 14, 2020.
“The ReliefAgad application will help expedite the delivery of relief assistance to SAP beneficiaries across the Philippines and support the most vulnerable during the pandemic,” he mentioned.
Working with the DSWD and USAID on ReliefAgad are the Division of Info and Communications Expertise (DICT) and Builders Join Philippines (DEVCON), by means of the DEVCON Group of Expertise Consultants (DCTx).
“The introduction of the ReliefAgad system will improve the gathering of beneficiary data by taking advantage of mobile phone technology,” DSWD Undersecretary Danilo Pamonag mentioned.
In accordance with the app’s proponent, they developed and designed the ReliefAgad system for gratis to the DSWD with the purpose of shortly deploying it in emergency conditions.
“ReliefAgad will cater to the needs of both government agencies and the beneficiaries. By combining crowd sourcing and manual encoding of LGUs, and leveraging a tech savvy population, the government will be able to give relief immediately,” mentioned Winston Damarillo, CEO of Talino Labs for DEVCON.
USAID is supporting the roll out of ReliefAgad by offering high quality assurance and technical help, in addition to growing a digital person information and educational supplies to make sure ReliefAgad’s ease of use.
As well as, the US company is aiding the DSWD and choose LGUs to undertake e-payment methods for the disbursement of reduction to SAP beneficiaries. Since 2015, USAID, by means of its E-PESO venture, has been aiding the Philippine authorities in shifting the nationwide economic system from cash to digital funds to encourage broader- primarily based financial progress and monetary inclusion.
SAP beneficiaries can now register their social amelioration playing cards on the ReliefAgad system by means of its web site, www.reliefagad.ph. ReliefAgad can be supported by personal sector companions PLDT and Amazon.