By Chito Chavez
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Saturday vowed to file charges against barangay chairmen or local chief executives (LCE) caught splitting the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash grants intended for single households among two or more families.
In an interview, DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya issued the warning after receiving reports that some barangay heads were splitting up the SAP cash subsidies.
“‘Yan po ay ipinagbabawal sa batas at puwede silang masuspindi at makulong pa kung ginawa nila,” Malaya said.
(That is prohibited under the law and they can be suspended or imprisoned if they are indeed doing that.)
Following these reports, Malaya encouraged the public to report the LCE who split up the financial assistance to the DILG desks in the municipal, provincial, and regional offices.
To provide assistance to the needy, Malaya said the government had formulated the right solution that will provide SAP subsidies to an additional five million poorest families who were excluded from the initial batch of recipients.
Initially, Malaya said the 18 million poorest among the poor families have received or stand to get between P5,000 to P8,000 from the national government.
He added that the seven-day extension given by the DILG to LGUs to distribute the subsidies from the first tranche of SAP cash aid has prompted the LGUs to speed up the distribution.
Malaya added that no more requests of extension from the LGUs in the distribution of cash grants will be entertained, and that LGUs that fail to meet the target deadline will be issued show-cause orders.
Quezon City, the largest and most populous city in Metro Manila, has sought a 25-day extension for the SAP aid distribution.
The government has also announced that they will add five million more families to the initial 18 million households to receive subsidies from the SAP’s first tranche.
Read more: https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/05/02/palace-as-an-apology-23-m-families-will-now-benefit-from-sap-1/