Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez called for digitalizing the national government’s subsidy programs to prevent corruption in distributing cash aid to qualified beneficiaries.

Dominguez said it becomes difficult to commit corruption by using computers as there is no physical cash to keep and carry. The direct distribution of cash assistance should then be via banks or e-wallet accounts of beneficiaries.

“Based on the adoption of the following principles for future subsidy programs, number one ho, we think all subsidy programs in the future should be digitized,” said Dominguez, in which President Rodrigo Duterte concurred in the recommendation and praised the benefits of digital cash transfers.

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