By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Tuesday, May 5 that it is awaiting an executive order from Malacañang that will provide the guidelines for the second phase implementation of the government of Social Amelioration Program (SAP).
“Hinhintay po namin ang executive order na ilalabas ng Office of the President na nakasaad ang panuntunan sa pamamahagi ng second phase ng implementasyon ng SAP. Kapag lumabas po yun ay doon magbabalangkas ang interagency technical working on SAP ng guidelines para sa implementasyon nito,” DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said after Malacañang announced that additional five million low-income families will be included in the SAP.
(We are waiting for the executive order that will be issued by the Office of the President which provides the rules on the distribution of the second phase of the implementation of SAP. Once it is issued, the interagency technical working on SAP will draft the guidelines for its implementation.)
He welcomed the Palace’s decision to expand the SAP to benefit more poor families in the country.
“Malaking bagay kung magkaroon ng karagdagan na limang milyon na pamilya ang makakatanggap dahil mas marami ang matutulungan ang low-income families upang masustentuhan ang kanilang pangangailangan sa panahon lalo na pambili nila para sa kanilang kakainin,” Bautista said.
(It is a big help that an additional five million families will receive the aid because more low-income families will be given assistance to help augment their daily needs during this time, especially to pay for their food.)
Bautista earlier disclosed that an EO is being drafted “relative” to the implementation of the second wave of emergency subsidies.
He said the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) already forwarded “a resolution” on the second phase implementation of the SAP to the Office of the President (OP) for its approval.
During the briefing, the DSWD Chief said 459 LGUs out of 1,589 that got their cash subsidy allocation fully completed their SAP payouts.
He also noted that 38 LGUs already submitted liquidation reports, which is a requirement before the second tranche of subsidies is given to them.
Bautista has been reminding the LGUs that second tranche of cash assistance will be given to them after the DSWD’s “full and total validation” of their liquidation reports.
Some LGUs, particularly in the National Capital Region (NCR), Cavite, Bulacan, Davao, and Cebu have been given a seven-day extension to distribute the cash aid.
Bautista had encouraged the LGUs to start submitting their partial liquidation reports so that the DSWD can begin validating their documents.
Under Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal As One Act”, 18-million low-income households are entitled to receive emergency subsidy ranging from P5,000 to P8,000 depending on the minimum wage level in a region for two months from April to May.
Bautista said the DSWD recommended the door-to-door delivery of SAP subsidies to senior citizens, and persons with disabilities, after a senior citizen in Bulacan died while queuing for SAP subsidy.
He said the DSWD is looking into ways on how to extend assistance to the victim’s family.
He asked the LGUs to dedicate ambulance, and designate paramedics to attend to emergency situations involving SAP beneficiaries.