By Zaldy Comanda
BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Benjamin Magalong directed the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development to fast-track the implementation of the Special Amelioration Program (SAP) for the city’s 4,500 beneficiaries.
Magalong said social workers should devise a system to facilitate the cash assistance program – from the identification of the beneficiaries down to the release of the cash aid in the amount of P5,500 monthly for two months (April and May).
He said around 48 percent, or 47,957 families of the city’s 93,000 total households, stands to benefit from the SAP since the city was given an allocation of P263.7 million for the program by the national government.
“The city will do its best to fast track the release of the aid but because of the bulk of the beneficiaries, it can only be done in batches. So do not expect that all recipients will receive it at the same time. We cannot avoid that some barangays will get theirs ahead of the others,” Magalong explained.
OCSWD Officer Betty Fangasan, said the release of the subsidy was easily being accomplished because most of the beneficiaries were already validated.
As of April 9, a total of 336 families from 10 barangays have already received their SAP benefits for a total of P1,774,500.
Fangasan said they have already communicated to all Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) and barangay officials to organize teachers and volunteers in their areas to help out in the process.
The volunteers will be oriented on the assessment and filling out of Special Amelioration Card (SAC) forms.
All city government personnel and volunteers numbering more than 200 will work overtime this Holy Week to expedite the program.
“This will be our form of penitence for the Holy Week,” according Magalong, who will also be on hand to supervise the implementation of all control and prevention measures against the coronavirus disease during the Lenten break.