More than 5.7 million low-income Filipinos have benefitted from the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) amounting to PhP33.3 billion.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista said 98.8 percent of the allotted budget for SAP has already been distributed to local government units (LGUs), equivalent to PhP80.8 billion for 1,515 LGUs, as of April 29.
More than PhP16 billion have already been distributed to 3.7 million Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program cardholders and PhP36.4 million for 7,874 beneficiaries without cash cards.
Meanwhile, more than PhP323.3 million have been given to 40,418 transport network vehicle service drivers, such as those from Grab, and to public utility vehicle drivers in the National Capital Region (NCR).
In total, more than PhP50 billion has been given to more than 9 million beneficiaries of SAP for the first tranche.
On the request of some mayors to extend the deadline for the payout of SAP to beneficiaries, Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said the extension has been allowed for NCR and other areas with high density population of urban families.
A seven-day extension was given to LGUs particularly in NCR, the provinces of Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, Cebu City, and Davao City.
Other LGUs with problems in SAP distribution were given a four-day extension.
Año said the extension was given as acknowledgment to LGUs which are working hard to implement the SAP in their localities but are having a hard time because of the physical challenges.
However, Año reminded LGUs to liquidate the cash subsidy immediately so that the DSWD can prepare for the second tranche of the SAP. (Report from OPS)