Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020. 2:23 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize (GOB) noted that in phase 2 of the COVID-19 unemployment relief program, 973 payments were rejected.
Of these, 499 applicants have provided corrected banking information and have been successfully paid.
Phase 2 of the Unemployment Relief was intended to cover the three-month period August to October.
GOB says that all efforts are being made to ensure that all six payments are processed for all approved applicants by the end of October.
For those who are being approved later in Phase 2, there will be some acceleration of payments as we come to the end of Phase 2, similar to what took place at the end of Phase 1.
Applicants who have received a text message indicating that their deposit was rejected are reminded to follow through on the process for correcting their banking information so that payments can be successfully processed.
Applicants are advised to use bank and credit union accounts in their own names and to avoid using accounts in the name of other persons.
When corrected banking information is submitted, please remember to include, in addition to the bank account number, your name and social security number to ensure you can be properly identified.
Processing of Payments by National Bank of Belize
The National Bank sends through electronic payments to approved applicants’ accounts on the same day that payment instructions are received.
Applicants who use their commercial bank accounts will normally see payments in their accounts on the same day.
Payments to credit union accounts are also sent on the same day, but it normally takes a few working days for the credit unions to manually post deposits to their members’ accounts.
In the case of TopUp prepaid cards, it takes several working days to prepare the TopUp cards, and an additional three to four days for the card to be taken to the location nearest to the applicant for pick up.
Persons who received Unemployment Relief payments via TopUp cards in Phase 1 are reminded that, if they are approved again in Phase 2, the same TopUp card can be reused. Applicants are advised to hold on to their cards.
When requesting a TopUp Card, please do not select “direct deposit” as your method of payment. Select ONLY “TopUp Card” as your method of payment.
Delivery of TopUp Cards
Delivery of Phase 2 TopUp cards is being done through the Labour Department offices across the country.
Approved applicants will be notified when the card has been prepared and is available for pick up at the Labour Department Office that is in the district in which you live.
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