The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation said 92 percent of the 560,000 families have received their first installment of government subsidies.
Twenty-five million dollars was earmarked per month to help these poor and vulnerable families who are affected during the coronavirus pandemic.
Director of social welfare department Chhour Sopannha said, to date, the ministry has distributed around $23 million to 2.1 million people.
“On July 15, new registrations of the poor families who are eligible to receive the second round of government’s subsidies will be done. People will not need to go to the commune hall. They can go to Wing Money transfer centres, with transfers to be done starting from July 25,” he said.
Sopannha said the authorities are still identifying more poor families.
“If they do not come to verify their names before July 25, they will not be able to receive the allowance, and will have to wait until the following month,” he said.
“I also request the local authorities not to charge a fee otherwise, they will disciplined by the Ministry of Interior,” he added.
Director of the Planning department, Theng Pagnathun said that at the beginning of July, they have identified another 25,000 new poor families.
“On the 15th, we will sum up the number of poor families again to provide the second phase of subsidies, which will be implemented on July 25,” he said.
Pagnathun added that not every applicant will receive assistance as it depends on the circumstances of the family.
He said after families apply for assistance at the commune office, authorities will arrange a visit to their houses to conduct interviews and establish their eligibility.
“In case the local authority does not accept their registration, the people can report to the Planning Department. If they are really poor, they will give them the ID-Poor card,” he added.
At a meeting last Saturday, Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng said: “It is up to the village chief, the commune chief and the local team to assess whether the applicants are poor or not. They should not register their relatives as poor people as that would be fraudulent,” he said.
President of the People Center for Development and Peace Yong Kim Eng said resolutions by the government have come at a good and timely manner.
“The government must act without political prejudice. The authorities should not practice nepotism and earn the trust of the people by working with independent partners to jointly identify the poor,” he said.
On June 24, the government launched the government’s cash subsidy programme for poor and vulnerable families adversely affected by COVID-19.