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DILG cites poor people waiving SAP in favor of others

By Chito Chavez

While mounting complaints about the cash aid distribution anomalies recently, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday cited the recipients of the social amelioration program (SAP) in Region 12 and Navotas City for returning or waiving some P14.6-million worth in emergency cash assistance.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (Philippine Information Agency / MANILA BULLETIN)

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (Philippine Information Agency / MANILA BULLETIN)

Calling it a selfless act, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año admired the kind hearted SAP recipients for their gesture saying that the spirit of Bayanihan (communal unity) was evident in this health crisis.

What is even more inspiring, Año said, is that “those who returned or refused to accept the SAP financial aid are also poor and are also trying to make both ends meet’’.

“Kahanga-hanga talaga ito. Mga mahihirap na tumulong sa kapwa mahihirap. Mas makahulugan ang pagtulong dahil kahit salat rin sila sa buhay ay inisip pa nila ang iba na nasa mas abang kalagayan (This is indeed very admirable. Poor people helping other poor people. This is even more commendable considering that they thought of others who are poorer,” he said.

Año said the generosity and selflessness of the SAP beneficiaries in Region 12 and Navotas showed the true character of the Filipino that comes out during disasters.

Based on the reports received by the DILG Central Office, a total of P10,305,000 in SAP financial assistance in Region 12 and P4.6-million in Navotas were returned or waived by some qualified SAP beneficiaries.

DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan E. Malaya also cited the efforts of the local government units in Region 12 for fast tracking the release of SAP to the intended beneficiaries.

“As of May 2, 66.79 percent of target beneficiaries in the region have already been provided with assistance, with 30 LGUs with 90 to 100 percent distribution rate. I am sure that at the rate they are going, they will be able to meet the DILG deadline,” Malaya said.

Malaya noted that the fast downloading of funds by the DSWD to the LGUs can be attributed to the immediate submission by the LGUs of the Memorandum of Agreement and project proposals which are requisites prior to the release of the SAP funds.

“The payouts in the region is currently ongoing and we hope that the LGUs will be able to complete the distribution so they can already liquidate their pay-outs in preparation for the second tranche of SAP assistance for the poor,” he added.

Under the SAP, 18 million low-income families will be provided with P5,000 to P8,000 subsidies for their basic food, medicine and toiletries which was computed based on the prevailing regional minimum wage rates and existing subsidy programs of the local and national governments.

Each qualified family can receive SAP financial assistance either through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture, Department of Labor and Employment, or the Department of Trade and Industry. (Chito Chavez)#

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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