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Solons want malnourished children assisted by SAP


By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Lawmakers have sought the inclusion of the families with malnourished children, solo parents, and breastfeeding mothers in the list of beneficiaries who will receive the second tranche of Social Amelioration Program (SAP) emergency subsidies.

Laguna 2nd district Rep. Ruth Hernandez (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

Laguna 2nd district Rep. Ruth Hernandez

Laguna 2nd district Rep. Ruth Hernandez, and Misamis Occidental Rep. Diego “Nonoy” Ty made the proposal during the House Committee on Welfare of Children’s virtual hearing on the situation and welfare of children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hernandez said the DSWD should prioritize the families with malnourished children in the second phase implementation of the SAP.

“I am talking with barangay nutrition scholars at talagang alam nila ‘yung mga pamilya na mayroong malnourished children (and they know the families with malnourished children) so I think bigyan ng emphasis na ito rin po ay mabigyan ng tulong ng ating DSWD sa pagbibigay ng SAP (this should be given emphasis that they will be given aid by the DSWD through SAP),” she said.

She noted that Laguna is among the areas placed under the modified enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), along with the National Capital Region (NCR), and Cebu City.

“So ‘yung hihilingin ko po sa DSWD, sana po mapag-aralan, may datos po ang barangay nutrition scholars, baka they can look into it po at bigyan ng emphasis at bigyan ng pansin those families na may malnourished children,” Hernandez said.

(I would like to appeal to the DSWD, to study, the barangay nutrition scholars have data, maybe they can look into it and give emphasis and give attention to families with malnourished children.)

She said data from the barangay nutrition scholars may serve as basis for the provision of SAP grants to families with malnourished families.

During the virtual hearing, Tingog partylist Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez, chairperson of the panel, asked the DSWD if the number of children per household was considered in identifying and prioritizing SAP beneficiaries.

“Kasi iba ang household of four sa household of eight. May pamilya na dalawa ang anak, may pamilya naman walo o anim ang anak but still they get the same amount. Hindi ba dapat ay per child yun to ensure yung protection and welfare na nakakain nang tama ang mga bata,” she said.

(The household of four is different from the household of eight. There are families with two children, while others have eight or six children, but still they get the same amount. It should be per child to ensure the child protection and welfare, that the children are properly fed.)

In response, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Director Clifford Cyril Rivera said: “With regards to the amount or the volume of how much we give, we try to average it to five. It will be too hard for us to try to look into all the families.”

“The SAP is more of in support for food. We computed the P8,000, or P5,000 depending on the cost of living. We computed this that the amount will be exact for one month,” he added.

During the virtual hearing, Ty said his constituents have been complaining about the exclusion of solo parents and breastfeeding mothers in the list of SAP beneficiaries.

He said the DSWD should also categorize the solo parents and breastfeeding mothers as vulnerable sectors who will receive the emergency subsidies.

Romualdez agreed with Ty, hoping that the “DSWD will address this concern.”

She also asked the DSWD to ensure that there is proper and equitable distribution of family food packs to the areas affected by the ECQ.

DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao earlier noted that the SAP subsidy “is for families and this should not be given to an individual.”

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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