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DSWD: Over 5 M families still waiting for SAP

 

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Over five million low-income families have yet to receive their Social Amelioration Program (SAP) subsidies, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Tuesday, May 5.

DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao said they are counting on the local government units (LGUs) to expeditiously distribute the first tranche of cash aid to more or less 5.6 million beneficiaries nationwide.

“Tayo naman po sa DSWD ay nagtitiwala sa ating mga partners na local government units that they will be able to accomplish or matatapos po nila itong pagbibigay ng ayuda sa kanilang nasasakupan dahil batid po natin ang need para maibigay natin itong assistance para sa ating mga kababayan na lubos na naapektuhan ng krisis,” she said in a television interview.

(We in the DSWD trust that our local government units-partners will be able to accomplish or complete the payouts in their respective areas because we recognize the need to grant this assistance to our countrymen who were mostly affected by the crisis.)

She said based on their latest SAP monitoring report, more than P67.8 billion subsidies have been distributed to over 12.4 million SAP beneficiaries or 68 percent of the 18 million low-income households targeted to receive the cash aid.

“Meron pa po tayong mahigit na five million beneficiaries na dapat pa pong maabutan ng tulong,” she said.

(We still have more five million beneficiaries that should be given assistance.)

Dumlao said the DSWD has downloaded P80.8 billion SAP funds to 1,589 LGUs.

Of the P80.8 billion downloaded to the LGUs, the LGUs have disbursed P51.1 million worth of emergency subsidies to over 8.6 beneficiaries, she said.

She noted that the LGUs in the National Capital Region (NCR), Cavite, Bulacan, Davao, and Cebu have been given a seven-day extension to distribute the cash aid, while the rest of the LGUs have been given four days.

Based on the DSWD guidelines, within 24 hours upon receipt of fund, the LGUs are expected to conduct payout within five to seven days.

There are 1,634 LGUs in the country, according to the DSWD.

Also included in list of SAP beneficiaries were 3,814,756 4Ps families who received P16.7 billion worth of emergency subsidies; and 40,418 families of Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) and Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers who got P323.3 million subsidy allocation.

Under Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal As One Act”, 18-million low-income households are entitled to receive emergency subsidy ranging from P5,000 to P8,000 depending on the minimum wage level in a region for two months from April to May.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/05/05/dswd-over-5-m-families-still-waiting-for-sap/)

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