By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Over 13.02 million beneficiaries of the 18 million low-income families targeted to receive the emergency subsidy under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) have received their cash assistance, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Wednesday, May 6.
DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said as of 8 p.m., May 5, more than P71.3 billion worth of SAP subsidies have been distributed to over 13.03 million SAP beneficiaries or 72 percent of the total number of beneficiaries nationwide.
“Sa pangkalahatan, umabot na sa P71.3 billion na ang naipamahagi sa 13.01 million nq benepisyaryo ng Social Amelioration Program,” he said at the “Laging Handa” network briefing on Wednesday.
Of the current 13.03 million SAP beneficiaries, 9.16 million are low-income and non-Pantawid Pamilya families and received P54.23 billion in cash aid, he said.
The DSWD chief said also included in list of current SAP beneficiaries are 3.72 million 4Ps recipients who received P16.35 billion worth of emergency subsidies through their cash cards; 105,000 4Ps beneficiaries who are non-cash card holders, and were given P410.13 million in subsidies; and 40,418 families of Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) and Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers who got P323.3 million subsidy allocation.
Bautista said the DSWD already downloaded P80.9 billion SAP funds to 1,518 local government units (LGUs) or 98.67 percent of the total SAP budget given to them.
He also noted that 556 LGUs have fully completed their SAP payouts, while 36 LGUs already submitted their liquidation reports.
DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao on Tuesday night said the LGUs that fully complied with the requirements and submitted “full” liquidation reports can expect to receive the second tranche of the emergency assistance on May 20 at the earliest.
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 their guidelines, the LGUs are required to submit the liquidation and financial reporting documents to the DSWD within 15 days from the completion of the distribution.
Among the documents that must be submitted by the LGUs to the DSWD are the report of checks (ROC) issued or report of disbursements (ROD) duly approved by the LGU accountant and approved by the Local Chief Executive (LCE) and copy of Official Receipt for any refund of unutilized balance.
The LGUs are expected to refund all unutilized or disallowed amounts within 15 days from submission of the liquidation report, based on the guidelines.
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.