DSWD: Unqualified SAP beneficiaries in W. Visayas must return cash aid

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-6) are urging unqualified beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in Western Visayas region to return the cash.

“Do not wait for cases to be filed,” warned DSWD-6 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre.

This is after several civilians are among those hauled to court by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-6) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Macapobre reiterated in a Thursday, June 4, online press briefing that those who knowingly received the P6,000 cash aid intended to ease the impact of the lockdown should return it soonest.

Reports have reached authorities that several of those that received SAP cash aid in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces, as well as the highly urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod, already received cash aid from other agencies.

Macapobre said there are those who already received from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) or the Department of Agriculture (DA).

“We do not allow double cash assistance,” she reiterated.

Meanwhile, DSWD-6 has reported that some local government units (LGUs) have not yet completed the distribution of SAP aid in Western Visayas region.

As of June 4, SAP distribution is at more than 95 percent. This is equivalent to P6.78 billion for 1.13 million family beneficiaries.