Mayor Francis Zamora assured the people of San Juan that his administration has various measures in place to cover for households qualified for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Social Amelioration Program (SAP) but were not included in the list since the total number allocated by DSWD was only for 16,309 lowincome and marginalized households.
“Considering our current population is around 122,000 residents, the SAP allocation would definitely not suffice. That is why the San Juan City government immediately had to find ways and means to be able to extend cash aid to those who are gravely affected by the ECQ because they have lost their means of income and livelihood, especially to our most vulnerable constituents,” Mayor Zamora said.
mora said. The mayor said that the breakdown of the various cash aid programs that are already set in place in San Juan are: • The DSWD SAP has a total allocation of ₱260,944,000 for 16,309 beneficiaries who will receive ₱8,000 for the months of April and May • The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) TUPAD which has a total allocation of ₱25 million for 4,655 beneficiaries who will receive ₱5,370 each representing 10 days of their work in sanitizing and disinfecting their houses and surroundings. The qualification guidelines used by DSWD will be the same metrics that will apply to determine the eligible beneficiaries of this program. • The Public Assistance Center (PAC) of the Office of the Mayor will use its standby fund of ₱20 million to further extend the reach of its assistance to the poorest of the poor among San Juaneños for their financial and medical needs during this time of the COVID-19 crisis. • The DSWD financial assistance with a budget of ₱2 million will serve as an additional funding source.
“We are following the protocols of IATF by adopting the qualification guidelines used by DSWD. We will apply the same criteria and guidelines to determine the eligible beneficiaries in all our cash aid programs. And we are carefully scrutinizing our lists to make sure that there will be no duplication,” Mayor Zamora said.