The Government of Guyana through the collaborative efforts of the Ministry of Finance, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), the Ministry of Social Protection, COVID-19 Task Force Secretariat and the Guyana Post Office Corporation, has commenced the distribution of the COVID-19 Public Assistance vouchers to eligible persons.
Beneficiaries were required to apply online or by calling the Ministry of Social Protection to register for the COVID-19 Public Assistance Programme. The programme targets single-parent households, households in which one or more persons suffered a loss of income due to COVID-19 and households that are managed by elderly persons or persons living with disabilities.
Following a verification exercise by the Ministry of Communities, during Phase One of the programme, 1700 persons were deemed eligible to receive the vouchers on the coastland.
Eligible persons living on the coastland will receive the vouchers via the Post Office’s Registered mail system and would be required to sign upon receiving it. These vouchers can be en-cashed at several supermarkets across the country and will provide recipients with fresh foods, dry ration and sanitation items. Eligible hinterland residents will receive packaged hampers, which cater to their Indigenous diets.
Recipients would then be required to select a supermarket from the list accompanying the voucher and call ahead 24 hours before they intend to uplift the items covered by the voucher. The name and identification card (ID) number of the recipient must be provided.
On the following day, recipients are required to visit that supermarket, taking with them the voucher and their ID Card. These must be presented to the supermarket representative, who will verify the information. Once verification has been completed, the recipient will be issued with a package containing the items covered by the voucher.
Recipients must observe the Ministry of Public Health’s COVID-19 protocols including the wearing of a mask, sanitation of hands and physical distancing.
The voucher is not transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash.
In the meantime, persons who may be eligible but have not yet applied can still do so. The application form can be downloaded from the Ministry of Social Protection’s website at https://mosp.gov.gy/ or https://government.gy/eform/241.
Persons who do not have internet access, contact can be made with the Ministry of Communities or the Ministry of Social Protection on toll free numbers listed below to have your application form completed by an Officer:
Mondays to Fridays 08:00am to 12:00 noon
264 2690|225 6202| 227 4410| 232 0952| 337 2667
Mondays to Fridays 12:00 noon to 5:00pm:
615 0507| 615 9495| 615 9990| 615 7839|665 2271| 615 9727| 615 7829
Saturdays and Sundays 09:00am to 5:00pm
615 9730| 615 9704| 615 9825| 615 9729| 615 9518| 615 8474| 616 2576
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for verification purposes before support is released. Only eligible applicants will receive the assistance.
(Ministry of the Presidency press release)