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Cebu solon asks DSWD to ease SAP rules; urges IATF to impose ‘localized quarantine’

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Cebu City 2nd district Rep. Rodrigo A. Abellanosa has asked the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to modify and ease the requirements and procedures for the distribution of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) subsidies, particularly in highly-urbanized cities in the country.

House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO)

House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO)

He made the call even as the second phase implementation of LGUs has yet to be rolled out due to the delays in the distribution of the first tranche of emergency subsidies.

This is “to ensure that those who need the financial assistance receive them in a just and prompt manner,” Abellanosa said in his House Resolution No. 808.

He also appealed to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to consider a staggered lifting of ECQ by implementing localized quarantines as “a partial win-win solution”.

He noted that the ECQ “has brought together the clashing issues on controlling the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the resultant massive unemployment, public health and nutrition consequences, and the inadequacies of the government to feed millions of people.”

Under HR No. 808, the Cebuano lawmaker urged the DSWD to ease its requirements and assessment procedures for the implementation of the emergency subsidy program, which intends to benefit 18 million low-income households.

He noted that as of May 1, 2020, only 45 percent of non-issue Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries have received the cash aid.

“The highly-impacted families are mostly in highly-urbanized areas where economic activity used to be concentrated prior to the community quarantine,” he said.

“The cost of living in highly-urbanized areas along with the incidence of doubled-up housing are much higher,” he added.

“As an effect of such quarantine measures, the level of economic activity has been greatly diminished, resulting in the loss or reduction of income of the large majority of Filipino families, not just the poor and low-income earners,” he said.

Among the areas that remain under ECQ until May 15 are NCR; Region III (Central Luzon), except Aurora province; Region IV-A (CALABARZON); Benguet; Pangasinan; Iloilo Province; Cebu Province; and Davao City

Abellanosa earlier sought the implementation of “localized lockdowns or quarantines” wherein food deliveries and public transportation will only be allowed.

“We understand the public health and safety is the foremost concern of the government. But we need to come up with more creative solutions to containing this disease while ensuring that our people continue to have access to and afford basic necessities,” Abellanosa said.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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