By Zaldy Comanda
BAGUIO CITY – To speed up the process and address complaints on barangays officials allegedly being selective in coming up with the list of beneficiaries, Mayor Benjie Magalong issued new directives to barangay officials to improve the system of implementing the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in barangays.
During the meeting with all Punong Barangays (barangay chairpersons), Magalong required barangay officials to regularly post the list of recipients in their areas for transparency, and warned them against being selective in the grant of SAP benefits.
He said the list should be regularly updated and posted either on social media, or posted in public places in the barangay.
Furthermore, barangay councils were also required to include three to five respected persons from the community to sit in the screening committee for transparency. This was to ensure that there will be no irregularity in the process of coming up with raw lists of beneficiaries.
City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan added that to ensure that no needy household was overlooked, the barangays will be required to profile all families through the submission of the Form 200 to determine who are really qualified.
“There are instances that some families who used to have financial resources before the lockdown are no longer capable today so we have to profile everyone,” she said.
To speed up the process, Magalong said all Form 200s containing the profiles of the families will be consolidated first before these are deliberated on by the screening committee.
The city is deploying more teams from the city government and volunteer groups to validate the beneficiaries in the barangay raw list and tapped private schools like the St. Louis University and the National Institute of Information Technology to augment city personnel and speed up the recording of beneficiary information and come up with a data base of the vulnerable families in the city.
Magalong warned that officials who will not abide by these requirements will be dealt with accordingly. He said he was fed up with complaints he has been receiving daily, and wants everything to be resolved.
He appealed to the barangay heads: “Please, let’s do it right this time.”
Around 45,000 families of the city’s 93,000 total households stand to benefit from SAP in the city with cash aid of P5,500 monthly for two months (April and May).
Magalong said the city was given an allocation of P247 million for program. As of April 10, the city has released total of P4,090,000 financial assistance to 757 beneficiaries in 28 barangays.