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DSWSD urges lagging LGUs to expedite SAP distribution

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) called on the local government units (LGUs) on Monday to expedite and complete the distribution of Social Amelioration Program (SAP) subsidies, as over 1 million low-income beneficiaries have yet to receive their cash aid.

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DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista made the call as he disclosed that only 968 LGUs out of 1,634 LGUs in the country have completed the SAP distribution.

He said the second tranche of emergency subsidies will only be given after the LGUs submit their liquidation reports.

“Kailangan po natin talagang bilisan ang pagkumpleto ng pagbibigay ng ayuda kasi apektado po lahat ‘yan nationwide dahil ito po ang magiging batayan ng second phase ng SAP implementation. So malaki ang tiwala sa local na pamahalaan na kukumpletuhin nila ang pagbibigay ng ayuda,” he said at the “Laging Handa” network briefing on Monday, May 11. (We need to fast track the completion of the distribution of the aid because all will be affected nationwide because this will serve as the basis for the second phase of the SAP implementation so we fully trust our local governments that they will complete the distribution of the aid.)

Under Republic Act No. 11469, the “Bayanihan to Heal As One Ac,t” 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.

Bautista said a total of 131 LGUs already submitted their complete liquidation reports.

The three-day extension given to the LGUs to distribute the aid already lapsed on May 10.

Bautista disclosed that over 16.87 million beneficiaries or 93.72 percent of the 18 million low-income families targeted to receive the emergency subsidy under the government’s SAP got their cash aid.

“Sa pangkalahatan, umabot na sa P89.3 billion ang naipamahagi sa 16.87 million out of the 18 million benepisyaryo ng Social Amelioration Program,” he said. (Overall, P89.3 billion has been distributed to 16.87 million out of the 18 million beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program.)

He said more than P89.80 billion worth of emergency subsidies have been distributed to over 16.87 million SAP recipients nationwide.

He said they are still waiting for MalacaƱang to issue an executive order that will serve as basis and will provide guidelines for the second tranche of emergency subsidies.

Bautista said once the EO is released, the inter-agency technical working group on SAP will draft the guidelines for the second phase implementation of SAP.

Aside from the DSWD, sitting at the TWG group on SAP are representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Finance (DOF),and Department of Budget and Management (DBM).


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/05/11/dswsd-urges-lagging-lgus-to-expedite-sap-distribution/)

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