By Chito A. Chavez
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya on Sunday emphasized that all qualified beneficiaries under the Bayanihan Act will receive two tranches of social amelioration program (SAP) cash aid.
“But all left-out families will also receive their two tranches together with the original beneficiaries,’’ Malaya said.
Malaya also encouraged the public to report any SAP related anomalous acts committed by the barangay officials to the DILG or the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
He said that the CIDG which handles the corruption complaints against the barangay officials is up on its toes in conducting case build-ups in a bid to gather air-tight evidence for the charges to prosper in court.
Earlier, the DILG explained that it has not given any order to the localities to grant financial aid under the general community quarantine (GCQ).
However, DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III stressed that the DILG will not get in the way of local officials if they see the need for them to provide non-food and food assistance to their constituents.
He added that the DILG does not expect the LGUs to provide cash aid but welcomes the gesture if they wish to do so.
Densing’s explanation came on the heels of numerous queries of some citizens expecting more financial aid from the government.
Meanwhile, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) reminded the public that government personnel are not entitled to food and non-food assistance.
CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada explained that there is no need for government employees to receive any aid since they have continuously received their salaries.