UPDATE (13 Dec): You can now claim the CDC vouchers online. More details here.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the livelihoods of many. Despite this, Singaporeans from all walks of life have soldiered on and risen above the odds.
Recognising their spirit of resilience during such a difficult time, the Community Development Council (CDC) will be giving out vouchers worth $130 million to 1.3 million Singaporean households.
Residents can also use these vouchers to support heartland merchants and hawkers in their businesses.
On Monday (18 Oct), the CDC announced in a media release that 5 of its councils would be rolling out their vouchers in the next few months.
The CDC vouchers are part of the initiative that was first rolled out by the Government last June to help lower-income families tide through trying times.
In his Budget 2021 speech, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced that this scheme will be extended to all households.
A total of $130 million worth of vouchers will be provided to up to 1.3 million Singaporean households as a form of gratitude and support. Hence, each household will be given $100 worth of CDC vouchers.
According to Culture, Community and Youth Minister Edwin Tong, the vouchers were to “show appreciation to Singaporeans for their sense of solidarity”.
Through these vouchers, the Government can also extend their support to heartland merchants and hawkers.
The vouchers will be given in a digital form to make it easier for redemption, reimbursement, and transactions.
Voucher Ambassadors from the CDCs and SG Digital Office (SDO) will be walking around to educate heartland merchants and hawkers on using and accepting the vouchers.
They can also go to CDC’s website to sign up as participants to accept CDC Vouchers. Upon doing so, an ambassador will reach out within 2 weeks to guide them through the process.
Additionally, how-to videos and infographics will be provided to show users how to utilise their vouchers.
For individuals who might not have access to mobile phones or computers, especially the elderly, a CDC spokesperson told MS News more details will be announced soon.
Any necessary support and assistance will be provided for those who require more guidance.
With the vouchers going paperless, hopefully, it would make it more convenient for those receiving them.
Thank you to all Singaporeans who have shown their sense of solidarity, including heartland business owners who have been negatively impacted during the pandemic.
Hopefully, the vouchers given out will help them get through this period.
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Featured image adapted from MS News and Hardware Zone Forums.
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