DSWD Food Stamp Program: Walang Gutom 2027

The Walang Gutom 2027: Food Stamp Program (FSP) is a direct intervention by the Philippine Government, targeting 1 million food-poor households to alleviate hunger and promote nutritional education. Direct beneficiaries, identified through the Listahanan, receive meal credits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, valued at PhP3,000 for the period from July to December 2023, which they can use at accredited merchants and “Kadiwa ng Pangulo” stalls. Complementing the financial assistance, participants are also mandated to attend nutrition education sessions to ensure sustainable, healthy eating practices within their families.

In the vibrant archipelago of the Philippines, where the spirit of bayanihan thrives, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has initiated a heartwarming endeavor to combat hunger and foster socio-economic development. The Food Stamp Program (FSP) is a source of hope, assuring that no Filipino is overlooked in the joint pursuit of development and nourishment. 


What is the Need for the FSP?

The Philippines faces a critical situation due to surging inflation, particularly in food prices. Here’s why the FSP is crucial in addressing this challenge:

Rising Food Costs: As reported by the PSA, inflation in August 2023 reached 5.3%, primarily driven by food price hikes. Rice inflation doubled to 8.7%, and vegetable inflation skyrocketed to 31.9% due to recent typhoons and monsoon rains.

Vulnerable Populations: These price increases disproportionately impact low-income households, making it harder to afford basic necessities like nutritious meals. The FSP aims to directly address this vulnerability by providing food credits.

Supporting Farmers: While the government aids farmers to increase production, there’s a gap in immediate relief for consumers. The FSP fills this gap by boosting demand for local produce, potentially stabilizing prices in the long run.

Empowering Beneficiaries: The FSP goes beyond just providing meals. It empowers beneficiaries by allowing them to choose their food at designated stores and KADIWA stalls, promoting local businesses and fostering economic activity.

Timely Intervention: The Marcos Administration prioritizes the FSP’s swift implementation, recognizing its urgency in alleviating the burden of rising food costs on the most vulnerable Filipinos.

The FSP, therefore, serves as a multi-pronged approach to combating the immediate effects of inflation on food security, supporting farmers, and empowering beneficiaries towards a more stable future.

Benefits of the Program

The Food Stamp Program is not just about alleviating hunger; it’s a multi-faceted initiative designed to empower and educate. 

  • Beneficiaries receive Php 3,000 worth of meal credits loaded onto an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which can be used to purchase nutritious meal items at designated stores and KADIWA food stalls. 
  • This not only helps in ensuring food security for the most vulnerable families but also stimulates local economies by supporting small and midsize enterprises.
  • Beyond the financial assistance, the program encompasses components like nutrition education sessions, social behavior change communication, retail and market analysis, and job network services to holistically uplift beneficiaries. 

These elements work in tandem to provide knowledge, enhance skills, and create opportunities, thus paving a path towards self-reliance and community resilience.





Eligibility / Qualifications

The heart of the program lies in its targeted approach to assistance. It’s specifically tailored for the one million households identified as the most indigent in the country, based on the Listahanan 3National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). These families are often at the periphery, facing the brunt of economic challenges, and are in dire need of a helping hand to break the cycle of poverty.



  • FSP beneficiaries must have other sources of income, in addition to the meal credits on their EBT Cards.
  • PhP 3,000 worth of meal credits will be loaded onto EBT Cards monthly.
  • EBT Cards can be used to purchase meals from DSWD-accredited merchants and participating “Kadiwa ng Pangulo” stalls.
  • Beneficiaries must participate in nutrition education activities to learn about providing nutritious meals for themselves and their families.

To ensure that the aid reaches its intended recipients, the DSWD has set forth a set of requirements for eligibility verification. These typically include valid identification documents and proof of income (or lack thereof), which substantiate the family’s economic status.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Apply for DSWD Food Stamp Program

Applying for the Food Stamp Program is a process marked by simplicity and accessibility, reflecting the program’s commitment to inclusivity. Here’s how you can apply:

  1. Verification of Eligibility: Begin by confirming your inclusion in the Listahanan 3 database as one of the households in need.
  2. Gathering Documents: Collect all necessary documents, including government-issued IDs and any required proofs of income or family size.
  3. Application Submission: Visit your nearest DSWD office or the designated application center in your barangay to submit your application.
  4. Attend an Orientation: Partake in an orientation session where you’ll learn about the program’s benefits and the proper use of the EBT card.
  5. Receive your EBT Card: Upon approval, you’ll be issued an EBT card, which you can use to start purchasing meal items as per the program’s guidelines.
  6. Participate in Educational Sessions: Engage in nutrition education and other capacity-building sessions provided by the program.

Latest Updates on the DSWD FSP

DSWD Conducts Validation and Registration for Walang Gutom 2027: Food Stamp Program in San Mariano and Dapa

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is taking significant steps towards addressing hunger and promoting nutrition education through the Walang Gutom 2027: Food Stamp Program (FSP)

In a recent development, the DSWD conducted simultaneous validation and registration activities for new beneficiaries in two pilot areas, namely San Mariano in Isabela and Dapa in Siargao. From January 24 to 26, a total of 1,041 beneficiaries were targeted for validation, as part of the 3,000 pilot beneficiaries of the program. 

The FSP not only provides monetary-based assistance to its beneficiaries but also offers nutrition education sessions to equip them with the knowledge and skills to prepare healthy and safe meals for their families. Through these efforts, the DSWD aims to empower individuals and families to overcome food insecurity and improve their overall well-being.

Food Stamp Program Aims to Change Eating Habits of Food-Poor Households

The Marcos administration’s Food Stamp Program, implemented through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), aims to empower meal-poor households to choose the types of food they want from the available meal basket. By providing meal stamps, the program seeks to change the eating habits of these households.

According to DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian, beneficiaries of the food stamp program will be required to attend nutrition classes. These classes will help them develop healthy eating habits and make informed choices about the dishes they consume.

We want to provide affordable, delicious, and nutritious food on the tables of food-poor families,” said Secretary Gatchalian, emphasizing the program’s focus on providing quality meal options to improve the overall well-being of beneficiaries.


Video: Walang Gutom 2027: Food Stamp Program (FSP) Kick-off Activity

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. took the lead in the kick-off activity of the Walang Gutom 2027: Food Stamp Program (FSP) in Tondo, City of Manila on July 18, 2023. The event marked the beginning of a significant initiative spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to address the issue of involuntary hunger experienced by low-income households.

The FSP aims to provide eligible Filipinos with access to monetary-based assistance through the distribution of an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card loaded with meal credits. This program is part of the Administration’s commitment to reduce the incidence of hunger among vulnerable communities.

According to the DSWD, the FSP will specifically target 1 million households classified under the ‘food poor criteria’ as defined by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Beneficiaries of the program will receive meal credits amounting to PhP3,000 from July to December 2023.

The kick-off activity was attended by Vice President and Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Sara Duterte, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rex Gatchalian, and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma. Their presence highlights the collaborative effort of various government agencies in addressing the pressing issue of hunger in the country.

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