Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cash aid for poor, vulnerable households enters 12th round

Cash aid for poor, vulnerable households enters 12th round

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Poor and impoverished families receive IDPoor cards from the government to qualify for cash transfers to mitigate hardships caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. SOCIAL PROTECTION IN CAMBODIA

Cash aid for poor, vulnerable households enters 12th round

As of January 24, the government has spent more than $930 million in cash support for poor and vulnerable households affected by Covid-19, with nearly 2.8 million people receiving payments.

According to the announcement of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, from June 25, 2020 to January 24, 2023, the government has implemented the cash support programme for poor and vulnerable households during the Covid-19 pandemic in 11 rounds of authorisation, with 31 monthly cash disbursements in which the government has spent $931.71 million.

The ministry added that 2,788,065 people from 706,648 families got this cash support. The beneficiaries include 165,643 children up to five years of age; 366,158 elderly people aged 60 and above; 64,576 people with disabilities and 2,036 families with members with HIV/AIDS.

The first cash disbursement for 12th round runs from January 25 to February 24, allowing one month for cash withdrawal.

At the same time, the social affairs ministry urged all beneficiaries to use the funds received from this programme wisely and to refrain from using the money for inappropriate activities such as gambling or drinking alcohol in order to help with the programme’s sustainability.

“In the event that any beneficiaries are found to be misusing funds for such purposes, the ministry requests that first the local authorities educate and warn them in writing. If they do not comply, then the commune chief must hold a meeting with the council to revoke or update their IDpoor card status,” the ministry stated.

The People’s Centre for Development and Peace president Yong Kim Eng said that continuing this programme was of benefit to help people to be able to gradually restore their family economy.

“I am pleased that the government continues to help them; even though Covid-19 has recovered a bit, but the lives of the people are still difficult. Some have not been able to start their businesses again and some have started but failed, especially smaller businesses. So if the state does not give this support, this problem will greatly affect the lives of these people,” he said.

Chhour Sopanha, director-general of the National Social Assistance Fund, earlier explained that cash support to the poor is divided into three categories: Poor in urban areas in Phnom Penh, the poor in urban areas outside the capital and poor in the rural areas, with each family receiving cash according to the cost of living in their area.

“On average in the countryside they get 200,000 riel [$50] per month for a family, while the average for people in town is from $80 to $100. The difference in amounts is based on income studies participated in by the World Bank and the Asia Development Bank,” he said.


  • Bareknuckle champion wants Kun Khmer fighter

    Dave Leduc, who is the current openweight Lethwei boxing champion in Myanmar, has announced that he will travel to Cambodia this year to challenge SEA Games gold medallist Prum Samnang any time that is convenient, after their planned match later this month in Slovakia was

  • Five-year-old Hanuman dances his way into hearts of Cambodia

    A young talent from a new-established settlement has emerged, captivating the online world with his mesmerising performances of the traditional Cambodian monkey dance. Roeun Kakada is a five-year-old prodigy who has taken the social media sphere by storm with his exceptional dance skills and dedication

  • Fresh Covid warnings as Thai hospital fills

    A senior health official reminds the public to remain vigilant, as neighbouring countries experience an increase in Covid-19 cases, with the latest surge appearing to be a result of the Omicron XBB.1.5 sub-variant. Or Vandine, secretary of state and spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health,

  • PM declares ASEAN Para Games open

    The 12th ASEAN Para Games officially kicked off on the evening of June 3 at Morodok Techo National Stadium in Phnom Penh, with a spectacular opening ceremony featuring fireworks and performances by some of the Kingdom’s most accomplished talents. Tens of thousands of sports fans

  • Honda shutters Siem Reap football club

    Japanese football legend Keisuke Honda, the owner of Siem Reap football club Soltilo Angkor FC, has been forced to shut the club down, after it failed to attract sponsorship for the upcoming season. Honda, the former manager of the Cambodia men's national football team, said

  • Waterway job still pending for Kampot tourism port’s opening

    The search is still on for a contractor to expand and deepen the Kampot International Tourism Port’s waterway and deliver additional enhancements allowing safe access for larger vessels, nearly a year after the main construction work on the 4.25ha site was completed on June 30, 2022.