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16.3 M beneficiaries already received SAP subsidy — DSWD


By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Over 16.3 million beneficiaries of the 18 million low-income families targeted to receive the emergency subsidy under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) got their cash assistance, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Tuesday, May 12.



DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao said the number of SAP beneficiaries nationwide increased to 16.3 million beneficiaries, who received P92.1 billion worth of emergency subsidies.

“P92.1 billion has been distributed to 16.3 million beneficiaries,” she told the Manila Bulletin in a Viber message.

The number of SAP recipients is 90.5 percent of the 18 million households targeted to receive the cash subsidies.

While the amount of distributed SAP funds is 92 percent of the P100 billion allocated for the first tranche of emergency subsidies for the month of April.

Dumlao disclosed that 1,035 LGUs of the 1, 634 have completed their SAP distribution.

Of the 17 regions, Caraga and Region V (Bicol) recorded 100-percent SAP payout.

While 140 LGUs already submitted their liquidation reports, Dumlao said.

She cited the necessity for the DSWD to conduct a full validation of LGUs’ liquidation reports to come up with a “clean list” of beneficiaries for the second phase implementation of SAP.

“Within 15 days upon receipt of the liquidation report and encoded list of beneficiaries, DSWD will conduct validation (eligibility check and de-duplication). This is necessary to ensure that we have a clean list for the second tranche,” Dumlao said.

Under the DSWD 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.

Among the documents that must be submitted by the LGUs to the DSWD are the report of checks (ROC) issued or report of disbursements (ROD) duly approved by the LGU accountant and approved by the Local Chief Executive (LCE) and copy of Official Receipt for any refund of unutilized balance.

The LGUs are expected to refund all unutilized or disallowed amounts within 15 days from submission of the liquidation report, based on the guidelines.

Under Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, 18 million low-income households are entitled to receive emergency cash subsidies ranging from P5,000 to 8,000 based on respective regional wage rates for months of April and May.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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