By Chito Chavez
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año on Sunday ordered the concerned local government units (LGU) to submit on May 18 the names of low-income families left out in the initial tranche of the cash aid distribution under the social amelioration program (SAP).
He assured that the remaining qualified five million recipients will receive the SAP financial assistance of P5,000 to P8,000 depending on the minimum wage in their respective regions.
Año, in an interview over GMA News, clarified that the LGUs should submit the names and not merely the number of low-income families qualified to be included in the second wave of cash aid recipients.
He also stressed that the poor families excluded in the first tranche of the SAP aid will be the priority recipients in the second wave.
Earlier, the DILG stressed that some five million families, on top of the first 18 million cash aid recipients under SAP left out in the first tranche, will receive their subsidies in the second wave of financial assistance.
DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya reiterated this as millions have grumbled on their non-inclusion in the initial roster of the SAP financial grants.
He said that there should be no worries as funds are now available for the next group of new grantees.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) based the 18 million low income households on the 2015 survey, which is now far less than the current number of poor families in 2020.
Malaya noted that the qualified beneficiaries, who were included in the first wave in areas under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), will receive cash aid in the second tranche.
He added that an additional 4.9 million families left out in the first payout will be included in the second tranche cash aid.
Explaining further, Malaya said the 18 million initial beneficiaries and those left out in the list of grantees will be included in the master list of cash recipients for the second tranche.
Malaya reiterated the warning that the financial assistance cannot be split by local government and barangay officials to several households in a bid to spread out the cash aid to other needy families.
As mounting complaints continue to rise in the non-inclusion of the qualified beneficiaries, the IATF has recommended the increase in the number of beneficiaries to 23 million low-income families.