Seventy-one percent of Filipino families received cash aid from the government since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found.

The survey was conducted from Sept. 17 to 20.

SWS noted that the number hardly changed from the 72 percent it recorded in July 2020, implying there had been no increase in the recipients of the government’s cash subsidy between July and September 2020.

Of the total, 67 percent said they received financial aid once, while 33 percent were given assistance at least twice.

The average amount of cash subsidy every family received was P7,531, P943 higher than July 2020 data.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the survey proved that the government’s help has reached and has been felt by “a great number” of Filipinos.

“This is indeed a fulfillment of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s vow to make up for the loss of economic opportunities when quarantine measures were imposed,” he added.

More than 13.9 million beneficiaries of the second tranche of cash aid under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s social amelioration program have received assistance as of Oct. 8.

The distribution remains incomplete to date. John Ezekiel J. Hirro