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DSWD needs additional police security in distribution of SAP

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has requested the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to provide additional security to Social Amelioration Program (SAP) frontliners who were reported to have been harassed while doing their work.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista assured the public on Thursday (May 7) that it is in close coordination with the police, and military to address reported intimidation and harassment of SAP frontliners.

“Kinontact din namin ang DILG at kapulisan para malaman at magbigay ng dagdag sa seguridad sa ating mga frontliners. (We have contacted the DILG and the police to inform them about the incident and provide additional security to our frontliners.),” he said at the “Laging Handa” network briefing on Thursday.

In the same briefing, Surigao del Norte Governor Francisco Matugas asked Bautista to step in and provide assistance to a municipal social welfare and development officer who was almost killed in the municipality of San Isidro in Siargo over the exclusion of a senior citizen in the list of SAP beneficiaries.

Bautista, a retired military general, said upon learning the incident, he contacted the Field Office in Caraga to verify such incident.

“Ang sabi ko sa Field Office natin ay tulungan natin ‘yung local welfare development officer para masigurado natin na may sumusuporta sa kanya at mabalik ang confidence nya lalong lalo sa mga areas na may ganyang insidente,” Bautista said.

(I told our Field Office that we should help the concerned local welfare development officer to ensure that she is being supported and to bring back her confidence, especially in areas that have incidents like that.)

Matugas said the provincial government will be providing legal assistance to the concerned municipal social welfare and development officer.

“There was an attempt to kill her, buti na lang hindi nakaabot merong nakablock na isang table. The attempt to kill, hindi nangyari. Nagfile ng kaso ang social welfare officer,” he said.

(There was an attempt to kill her, but it did not happen because a table was there to block [the suspect). The attempt to kill did not materialize. The social welfare officer already filed a case.)

“Sana Sec na matulungan ito, frontliners kasi sila, sila ang nakaharap sa tao (We hope Sec that the victim. Will be assisted, they are frontliners, they face the people.),” he added.

Bautista also confirmed that the DSWD personnel from Field Offices also received threats through text messages.

He said they have sought the assistance of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to “detect” and find out the texters who were harassing and intimidating SAP frontliners.

During the network briefing, Bautista disclosed that over 13.6 million of the 18 million low-income families targeted to receive the emergency subsidy under the SAP have received their cash assistance.

He said as of last night, more than P75.2 billion worth of subsidies have been distributed to over 13.6 million SAP beneficiaries, 9.8 million of whom are low-income and non-Pantawid Pamilya families.

The 9.8 million low-income and non-Pantawid Pamilya families received P58 billion in cash aid, he said.

The DSWD Chief said also included in list of current SAP beneficiaries are 3.72 million 4Ps recipients who received P16.35 billion worth of emergency subsidies through their cash cards; 126,330 4Ps beneficiaries who are non-cash card holders, and were given P492.3 million in subsidies; and 40,418 families of Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) and Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers who got P323.3 million subsidy allocation.

Bautista said the DSWD already downloaded P81.7 billion SAP funds to 1,518 local government units (LGUs) or 99.67 percent of the total SAP budget given to them.

He also noted the increasing number of LGUs that completed their SAP payouts and submitted their liquidation reports.

From yesterday’s recorded 556 LGUs, the number of LGUs that recorded 100-percent payout increased to 637, he said.

While, 58 LGUs already submitted their complete liquidation reports.

Bautista maintained that the second wave of cash aid will be given to the LGUs after the DSWD’s full validation of the liquidation reports.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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