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DSWD: SAP distribution already 75-percent complete

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Thursday, May 7 that 13.5 million low-income families or 75 percent of the 18 million households targeted to receive the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) subsidy have been served.

DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao disclosed that as of Wednesday night, P75 billion of the P100 billion allocated for the first tranche of emergency subsidies has been distributed to the SAP beneficiaries nationwide.

“Based on our latest report, as of last night, the accomplishment is now at 75 percent, 75 percent of the 18 million beneficiaries have already been served and 75 percent of the P100 billion budget for the first tranche has been distributed to our countrymen who were affected by this crisis,” Dumlao said in a television interview.

The DSWD official said they remain confident that the local government units (LGUs) willl be able to distribute within the day the cash subsidy to the remaining 4.5 million poor families that have yet to be covered by the SAP.

“Buo ang tiwala ng DSWD sa ating local na pamahalaan na mapapahatid ang ayuda sa ating beneficiaries (We have full trust that the local government will be able to distribute the cash aid to the beneficiaries) ,” she said.

The LGUs in the National Capital Region (NCR), the provinces of Cavite and Bulacan, and the cities of Cebu and Davao are expected to complete their SAP subsidy distribution today, May 7. They were given a seven-day extension to distribute the first tranche of emergency subsidies after failing to comply with April 30 deadline to disburse their respective SAP funds.

If there are local government units that will not be able to complete the distribution or payout, they may write the Department of Interior and Local. Government, they can submit their appeal, as well as certification why they will not be able to accomplish or complete the payout, Dumlao said.

She reminded anew the LGUs that the second tranche of cash aid will only be released after the submission of their liquidation reports.

“No additional funds may be transferred to the LGUs until they have submitted a liquidation report for the earlier fund releases,” she told reporters in a Viber message.

She disclosed that 637 LGUs completed their payout, while 58 LGUs already submitted their liquidation reports.

Under the DSWD guidelines, the LGUs are required to submit within 15 days their liquidation reports including the encoded list of SAP beneficiaries after the completion of their payouts, she said.

Within 15 days upon receipt of these documents, the DSWD will conduct a post-payout validation to ensure that those who received the assistance are eligible and to ensure that there are no duplicities, said Dumlao

“Sa isasagawa na post-payout validation magkakaron po tayo ng pagche-check ng listahan para kung meron na nabayaran na ineligible, appropriate actions will be taken,” she assured.

(In our post-payout validation, we will check the list to so that if there are ineligible beneficiaries, appropriate actions will be taken.)

She said they are in close coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to validate the list of SAP beneficiaries.

The DILG earlier ordered the LGUs to post the names of the cash aid recipients.

Dumlao also noted that the DSWD has posted on its website the names of the beneficiaries “to engage the entire community in validating list.”

She said the public may report to the DSWD, through its Grievance Redress System (GRS), those ineligible beneficiaries who were on the list posted by the local officials and the agency.

She said the grievances related to the SAP implementation is being managed and monitored by the DSWD Central Office-Operations Center (OpCen) through its 24/7 hotlines: 16545, 0947-482-2864, 0916-247-1194 and 0932-933-3251.

The public may also send text messages to 0918-912-2813 and email at sapgrievances@dswd.gov.ph, she said.

Based on the guidelines, the OpCen is tasked to receive complaints and ensure proper referencing and reporting to concerned office for validation and/or investigation

The concerned office is required to respond to the report within 24 hours from receipt, it said.

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/2020/05/07/dswd-sap-distribution-already-75-percent-complete/)

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