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DSWD reports low compliance with SAP distribution targets

 

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Only 907 local government units (LGUs) or 55.6 percent of the 1,632 LGUs in the country have completed the distribution of Social Amelioration Program (SAP) emergency subsidies, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Sunday, May 10.

Citing the DSWD’s latest SAP monitoring report, DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao said the number of LGUs that recorded 100-percent completion SAP distribution rate increased to 907.

“Mayroon ng 907 na LGUs ang nakapagkamit ng 100 percent completion rate sa pamamahagi ng SAP.(There are 907 LGUs that achieved 100-percent completion rate in terms of SAP distribution.), ” she told the Manila Bulletin in a Viber message.

Today, May 10, the LGUs are expected to complete the SAP distribution after DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista and DILG Secretary Eduardo Año both agreed to allow anew the LGUs to distribute the cash aid for another three days.

The DILG earlier extended to seven days the SAP distribution after LGUs failed to comply with the April 30 deadline.

The LGUs in the National Capital Region (NCR), Cavite, Bulacan, Davao, and Cebu were given a seven-day extension and another three-day to distribute the cash aid.

Dumlao disclosed that 130 LGUs have submitted their “complete” liquidation reports.

Based on the report, more than P82.8 billion worth of SAP subsidies have been distributed to over 14.8 million beneficiaries or 82.5 percent of the 18 million low-income families targeted to receive the emergency subsidy.

A total of P82,865,330,050 has been distributed to 14, 866, 464 SAP households, the report said.

Of the current 14.8 million SAP beneficiaries, 11.2 million are low-income and non-Pantawid Pamilya families who received P67.7 billion in cash aid, Dumlao noted.

Dumlao said the DSWD remains optimistic that the LGUs will be able to complete the distribution of cash subsidies to the remaining 3.2 million beneficiaries.

“The DSWD trusts that the LGUs will be able to deliver the aid to their constituents who have been greatly affected by the crisis,” she said.

“The Department continues to monitor the payouts and provides the necessary assistance to ensure that the interests and welfare of the poor and the vulnerable are protected and promoted,” she added.

Included in the current list of SAP beneficiaries were 3.72 million 4Ps recipients who received P16.35 billion worth of emergency subsidies through their cash cards; 220,336 4Ps beneficiaries who are non-cash card holders, and were given P844.5 million in subsidies; and 40,418 families of Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) and Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers who got P323.4 million subsidy allocation.

The DSWD has been reminding the LGUs that second tranche of cash assistance will be given to them after the DSWD’s “full and total validation” of their liquidation reports.

In a statement, the DSWD lauded the 73 LGUs in the Caraga Region for completing the distribution of the P1.525 billion emergency cash subsidy to all the 305,096 target low-income families by May 8.

“The LGUs have disbursed 100 percent of the funds. They are now preparing their liquidation reports and other pertinent documents for the validation of DSWD,” it said.

It noted that some 20 local governments in Caraga have already submitted their liquidation reports.

The DSWD noted that two days after it downloaded the SAP fund, 18 local governments in the region started delivering the aid to their constituents.

“Among the key strategies that the LGUs implemented which led to an efficient SAP distribution in their localities include maintaining close coordination of local social welfare and development office (LSWDOs) staff, barangay officials, and purok leaders with the personnel of DSWD FO Caraga from conducting the assessment to the distribution of the aid; the use of social media; and announcing information on SAP in the villages to keep constituents informed about the program,” it said.

The DSWD vowed to continuously provide “technical assistance to LGUs nationwide to help them finish distributing the cash aid to their target beneficiaries the soonest possible time.”

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista earlier encouraged the LGUs to start submitting their partial liquidation reports so that the DSWD can begin validating their documents.

Under their guidelines, the LGUs are required to submit the liquidation and financial reporting documents, including the list of encoded SAP beneficiaries, to the DSWD within 15 days from the completion of the distribution.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/05/10/dswd-reports-low-compliance-with-sap-distribution-targets/)

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