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The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) has started the releasing of cash cards to students eligible to receive cash aid under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) for students.
A total of 7,266 PLM students who are bona fide residents of the City of Manila will now have more convenient access to their monthly allowances through cash cards from the Land Bank of the Philippines. Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has approved the release of cash grants.
Those who previously applied for the cash cards are notified via e-mail advising them on how to claim the cards. Latest data show that 3,875 students are eligible to receive their cards, giving way to electronic distribution. The remaining students who have not yet applied may do so online by submitting the requirements through the SAP portal of PLM’s Computerized Registration System.
As of 2 p.m., 2,906 students have received their Landbank cash cards.
Students who have been notified that they can claim their SAP cards today, March 13, 2021, were told to bring a copy of their student enrollment record and the signed cash card application form, which they will submit to the validators. The form must have a 2” x 2” ID picture attached. They also need to accomplish a health declaration form before entering the campus, and to sign a Data Privacy consent form prior to card issuance.
“We are happy to shift our SAP releases to cash cards for a seamless experience in delivering help that’s urgently needed by our students. This is just one of many ways we adapt to the new normal,” PLM President Emmanuel Leyco said.
“We thank the City Government under the leadership of our beloved Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso for making this possible,” he added.
The University reminds students that the cash cards will only be released to them and not to authorized representatives, in keeping with banking regulations. Other cash card recipients will be notified for claiming in select Landbank branches within the city.
The releasing started at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday. Students are required to wear a face mask and face shield properly, practice social distancing, and to refrain from talking, eating, or drinking while within campus grounds for protection against COVID-19. Students were also advised to bring umbrellas.
The cards contain the allowances for January to March, while succeeding benefits will be transferred to the bank accounts directly.
The Manila City Government's SAP provides direct aid to students who are able to present proof of residence in the city. This is different from the national government's household-based SAP during the lockdown period.